Interest in microgrids is growing because of the changing energy landscape, says a report released Jan. 25 by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
The New York Power Authority will be a partner on several microgrid projects that received funding announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 23.
Ameren Illinois has launched a $5 million microgrid that the utility says is one of the few microgrids that can serve customers on a utility distribution feeder.
Congress appears poised to approve a big spending and tax bill that would, among many other things, extend the investment tax credit, or ITC, for solar and wind projects.
Several public power utilities, along with the American Public Power Association, are among those selected by the Department of Energy as recipients of DOE funding " subject to appropriations from Congress " to support research and development in advanced energy storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and other projects.
The Southwest Power Pool set a wind-penetration record of 52.1 percent in the early morning of Feb. 12, making it the first regional transmission organization in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy, the grid operator said on Feb. 13.