The Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation, is funding a pilot project to create a microgrid in Athens County, reports the university’s online news site, Compass ( The program will “link a handful of homes” and “allow the property owners to generate, store, and distribute their own electricity instead of depending on a large utility,” according to Project Director Greg Kremer in a article. Roger Wilkins, co-lead on the project and executive director of the Center for Creation of Cooperation, Inc., said the program “not only seeks to answer the technological aspects of building a microgrid, but also the social aspects involved in building a cooperative agreement among the half a dozen or so homes that are part of the microgrid,” in the Compass article. For more, read the full Compass and articles.