Plumes of smoke rising from a nuclear power plant

How is Electricity Generated, Anyway?

We use electricity to turn on the lights, charge our phones, and participate in a wide variety of activities. But where exactly does electricity come from?

West facade of the U.S. Capitol

Inflation Reduction Act Brings Renewed Hope for Climate Action

The Inflation Reduction Act contains the most ambitious strategy for climate change and clean energy production. While the details are still being sorted out, one thing is clear—this is welcome news in the fight against climate change, and an opportunity to double down on working towards a cleaner, greener, and more equitable planet.

Aerial view of residential rooftops with solar panels

Residential Microgrid Equipment: An Infographic

Microgrids are an intriguing way to create a cleaner, more energy secure future, but their complexity goes beyond solar panels. In fact, connecting a home to a microgrid requires several key pieces of equipment. Check out this infographic to learn more!

Installation of solar panel on roof

Power Distribution for the Oakland EcoBlock: A Conversation with Sascha von Meier

EcoBlock team member Eunice Chung interviews Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier, Principal Investigator and Energy team co-lead of the Oakland EcoBlock project. In her interview, Sascha discusses the technical and regulatory complexities of designing the EcoBlock microgrid and shares insights about opportunities for a more climate-resilient future.  

A large scale solar PV array and microgrid

The War of the Currents: DC vs. AC

The increasing frequency of power outages, as well as the growing rate and severity of natural disasters including wildfires and extreme weather patterns, poses significant threats to our current electric grid system. These risks, along with others such as cybersecurity threats, are a good reason to revisit the the 1880’s debate over whether DC or AC electrical currents would power the future. Read on to learn more about why this famous debate is being revisited and the potential for microgrids to provide backup generation during grid failure.

A home in the Aardehuizen community in Olst

The Aardehuizen Project: A Bold Vision for a Community Microgrid

The Aardehuizen Project is a community microgrid serving 23 homes in Olst, Netherlands. Few other ecovillages around the globe have been built at a scale as successful as the Aardehuizen. In this blog, Erin Yu highlights why Olst became the ideal location for a sustainable community and highlights several factors critical to the community’s success.