White House Plan to Scale Up Microgrids
August 9th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman
Following a White House summit to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage, the Obama Administration identified several initiatives to scale up microgrids, energy storage, and renewable energy. Several military and private projects in the U.S. were included in these initiatives.
- Alaska Microgrid Innovation and Commercialization project at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The project focus is on practical and cost-effective ways to incorporate large amounts of renewable energy into a microgrid, particularly in severe weather environments.
- Microgrid at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The project will demonstrate the complex integration of several renewable energy and energy-storage technologies within one microgrid. This microgrid will power critical mission assets during energy disruptions.
Transformations in electricity production and consumption support decreased carbon pollution levels, scale up of renewable energy, and consumer energy bill savings.
In 2015 alone, the United States doubled the installed capacity of advanced energy storage to 500 megawatts. The administration highlighted 33 programs that it said will lead to 1.3 gigawatts of additional energy storage in five years.