Organizations join forces to release short video explaining microgrids

With the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) now signed into law, renewable microgrids will usher in a new era of American resiliency. Think Microgrid, the Civil Society Institute, RMI and Millennial Action Project are releasing Microgrids Now, a short video explaining microgrids and how they are a game changer for the US energy grid. The … [Read more...]

Update: Climate bill — which could cut microgrid costs 10% to 50% — passes US Senate on Sunday

“This is a big, big deal,” said Cameron Brooks, executive director of Think Microgrid about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), an inflation and climate bill that’s now before Congress and expected to cut microgrid costs. His comments echoed the views of numerous microgrid industry members. “Combining all the impacts, this bill will cut the … [Read more...]

Look at these microgrid funding options — and think big

A number of federal, state and military programs may provide microgrid funding options, said participants in a recently released video of a Microgrid 2022 panel, “Making Microgrids a Building Block of U.S. Infrastructure and Climate Goals.” But be aware: such funding programs — including climate action plans — don’t necessarily use the word … [Read more...]

Members of Congress urge the DOE to use infrastructure funds for microgrids

The Department of Energy (DOE) received a nudge last week from two members of Congress — Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y. — to remember microgrids when allocating infrastructure funds. In a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the congressmen cited Section 40101 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs … [Read more...]

For storage, solar and microgrid industries, Biden’s solar tariff inquiry extension is good news

President Biden’s decision last week to delay a disruptive solar tariff inquiry from the US Department of Commerce for two years and boost US solar production came as a relief to the storage, solar and microgrid industries. Members of these industries said they were seeing higher prices, long delays and less investment that threatened the … [Read more...]

Top states for microgrid policy activity? New Think Microgrid report scores them

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas score as the top states for microgrid policy activity, with Puerto Rico also listed in the top tier, according to a new report by Think Microgrid. The state policy assessment marks the first time "any organization has looked specifically at the policy landscape for … [Read more...]

How do we create the grid the future demands?

In the fifth and final article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll look at how to redesign the electrical system with the future climate in mind. We'll also discuss how to capture microgrid benefits in climate change strategies and infrastructure plans. Redesign the electrical system … [Read more...]

Microgrids for a 21st century grid

In the fourth article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll demonstrate why microgrids are the 21st century solution to today’s energy problems. Microgrids are local, flexible, cost effective and clean. Microgrids are proving themselves to be the energy technology of our time. A form … [Read more...]

Why fixing the electric grid is not enough

In the third article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we explore why fixing the grid alone will not ensure electric reliability or energy equity.  While there is little doubt that the grid needs to be improved, it is clear that an exclusive large-scale, centralized approach is no longer … [Read more...]

The grid is not prepared for the 21st century

In the second article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll explore why the electric grid is not prepared for the 21st century.  Climate disaster is upon us. We are not ready. Electricity is essential to survival and prosperity in a contemporary world, but the electric grid — the … [Read more...]