Good News for Microgrids from California Climate Bills

California's passage of two aggressive climate bills offers good news for microgrids, since they can act as levers to help the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions.Once again, the state has led the climate change battle, this time with last week's passage by the state legislature of the two bills, SB 32 and AB 197. The bills aim to reduce … [Read more...]

Why it Takes Time to Develop Community Microgrids

Community microgrids aren't exactly a pop-up businesses. But what delays their development is also a key appeal – local control of energy.That’s one of the points raised in Black & Veatch’s recent snapshot of the electric industry, the “2016 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report.”The report emerged out Black & Veatch’s … [Read more...]

Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages.In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by:Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

Washington State Awards Money for Two Public Utility Microgrids

Another state, this time Washington, is rolling out money for microgrids as part of a larger clean energy effort.Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced that five clean energy projects will share $12.6 million in state grants.Two utility microgrids are among the five energy projects. One microgrid will be developed by Seattle City Light and the … [Read more...]

California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica.The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market.Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Offer Funds for Community Microgrids

New Jersey has kicked off a plan to incentivize community microgrids with $1 million in funds for feasibility studies.The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft application to be used in the competition. The board seeks stakeholder input on the application by August 30.New Jersey has mapped 24 communities in 17 … [Read more...]

Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage.This was a lesson the Northeast US learned the hard way during Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that knocked out power to 8 million people. Two weeks or more without electricity, solar panel owners were venting to the … [Read more...]

A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City.The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Positions to be Third State to Set an Energy Storage Mandate

Massachusetts entered the vanguard of the energy storage industry with legislative approval late Sunday night of an energy storage mandate.The mandate – a requirement that utilities procure a specified amount of energy storage by 2020 – is part of a broader energy bill state lawmakers passed minutes before the legislative session ended for the … [Read more...]