Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Microgrid Project Profile: How NY’s Rockville Centre Could Avoid $68M in Transmission Upgrades

The Village of Rockville Centre (RVC), NY has proposed a $14.7 million microgrid to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to first responders, key businesses and a broad base of other customers during regional power outages.RVC says it will be able to defer $50-$68 million in upgrades to existing electric transmission lines if it installs the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: Huntington, NY Plans $22.9M Microgrid

Huntington, New York has proposed a $22.9 million microgrid project, designed to bring reliable energy to a hospital, wastewater treatment plant, emergency center and other buildings and homes in a busy, downtown area.Located on the north shore of Long Island, the town’s 200,000 residents face electric reliability problems that make Huntington … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Where, Why and How?

In a Q&A interview, Hitachi's Brian Levite describes the emergence of community microgrids. Where can they be found? Why are they good for the economy and at-risk populations? And how can we make more of them?How would you define a microgrid and what are the major features and components?We utilize the Department of Energy’s definition … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [Read more...]

Exelon Readies Super Microgrid Controller that Allows Microgrids to ‘Talk’ to Each Other

Exelon is becoming known for its emphasis on the public purpose microgrid. Less well known, but possibly more significant, is early work the utility giant has underway that could lead to a ‘grid of microgrids.’At the heart of the effort is development of a kind of super microgrid controller by Exelon’s subsidiary Commonwealth … [Read more...]

LG Chem Supplies Batteries for Large S&C Electric Project in Ohio

S&C Electric has commissioned a 7 MW/3 MWh LG Chem battery system for its Minster, Ohio project, one of the largest solar plus storage operations of its kind in the US.The advanced project, which includes a 4.2 MW solar installation, is designed to create multiple revenue streams for owner Half  Moon Ventures (HMV) and the municipal utility … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric.Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state.The staff … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize.Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

As one of 16 U.S. communities designated White House Climate Action Champions, Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, had already made investments in alternative energy generation sources. The next step was to achieve even greater efficiency by optimizing how those resources are managed and dispatched.Blue … [Read more...]

Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load."Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]