The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in North America including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Electrical Equipment Manufacturers See a Future in Microgrids

A new report from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association details why there's a future in microgrids for association members--and everyone else."Powering Microgrids for the 21st-Century Electrical System," lays out the business case for microgrids, identifies the technological advances that will increase microgrid use, and provides a … [Read more...]

The Vital Role of Reciprocating Engines in Remote Communities

We offer a global view of reciprocating engines in remote communities in this excerpt from the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage.In a land where winter can bring only a few hours of sunlight daily—or none at all for 67 days in Barrow, Alaska the northern most … [Read more...]

California Aims to Simplify and Standardize Microgrids

Cars have standard configurations: vans, mini-vans, and sports cars. Can we standardize microgrids the same way?That’s one of the issues that was explored Tuesday in the second of five workshops organized by the California Energy Commission in its effort to map out microgrid policy."We may find in microgrids, there are four or five … [Read more...]

With Flexibility, Eastern Grid Can Get More than 30 Percent Renewables Online

With increased flexibility, the eastern grid can get more than 30 percent renewables online, and at times, can boost its renewables penetration to up to 60 percent.That's the word from a new report from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), "The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS)." To bring … [Read more...]

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...]

Microgrid Roadmap Building Continues in California…ViZa to Bring Microgrids to Africa with Jabil Inala

The California Energy Commission plans to hold its next microgrid roadmap workshop 10 a.m. PT, September 6 at the Secretary of State Building in Sacramento.The state launched the series of workshops in May to set priorities for microgrid policy and help the industry standardize, commercialize and drive down costs for consumers.The CEC is … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research.GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [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...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins.In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

CleanSpark’s Latest Project: A Hint of the Grid of Microgrids to Come?

A small microgrid being developed at a California golf club by CleanSpark offers a hint of the grid of microgrids or ‘fractal grid’ energy futurists foresee.A developer of microgrid control technology, CleanSpark last week announced completion of the $2.7 million phase one of the microgrid at the Rams Hill Golf Club.The microgrid itself … [Read more...]