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COVID-19 propels microgrids in healthcare sector, but regulatory, awareness hurdles remain

Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive Summary In 2018, with a nearly $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), a company called Charge Bliss built a 250 kW, 1 MWh solar and battery storage microgrid on top of a medical center in Richmond, California. The center saw...


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$109K In Grants To Help HoCo Build Microgrid Project, H&P System

Patch Summary The Howard County Office of Community Sustainability has been awarded two grants totaling $109,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration. The county received a $9,000 grant to plan a combined heat and power system at the Howard County Detention Center and up to $100,000...


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Montgomery County Awarded $100,000 Grant to Pursue new Microgrid to Meet Sustainability Goals

MontgomeryCountyMD.Gov Summary Montgomery County’s Department of General Services has been awarded an inaugural Resilient Maryland pilot grant of $100,000 dollars from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to explore project designs, and identify the best option to pursue...


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Microgrids and Data Centers: A More Holistic Approach to Power Security

Data Center Frontier Summary During last fall’s wildfires in California, the largest electric utility provider in the state was forced to shut off power for millions of customers. In early October, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), curtailed power to more than 30 counties in Central and...


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Maryland Selects 14 Microgrids for Initial Project Funding

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The...


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PUC Greenlights Microgrid, Grid Resiliency Policies Ahead of Fire Season

Colby Bermel, Politico Summary The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved policies to boost microgrids and other grid resiliency measures ahead of wildfire season this fall. Impact: Regulators hope the programs will not only help California better weather...


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Power Maintenance Project Goes Off Without Problems

Around the O Summary UO Campus Planning and Facilities Management successfully completed a long-awaited utility project that shut off electrical power to campus during the week of June 1. The maintenance and testing project was originally scheduled during spring break but was delayed by...


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Microgrid in Hawaii Provides Stability in Stages

Burns & McDonnell Summary Microgrids have the potential to serve as laboratories during the world’s ongoing transition toward a decarbonized economy. They also may have the ability to improve grid stability and resiliency in the long run, by design — an attractive feature that has become...


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Energy Storage Could Take $40B Foothold in Microgrid Sector by 2029

Power Engineering Summary A growth in microgrids will drive a major rise in energy storage capacity over the next decade, according to a new report. Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) forecasts that cumulative capacity for new installed energy storage in microgrids is...


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As PG&E highlights potential need for fossil fuels to address power shutoffs, groups press for more storage

Utility Dive Summary PG&E’s broader strategy to reduce the impacts of its shut-offs includes three programs: upgrading certain substations so they can operate as islands when transmission lines are de-energized, providing technical and financial support to communities that want to...