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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Hospital Microgrids Become an Integral Part of the Energy Value Chain

Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel explains how hospital microgrids are becoming an integral part of the "energy value chain."  Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends … [Read more...]

District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

CHP and microgrids

Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]

New Era of Climate Action: Local Forces Fill the Vacuum Left by the Feds

climate action

The U.S. is entering a new era of climate action, says the Rocky Mountain Institute's Paul Bodnar. A coalition of local entities is gathering strength and stepping forward to fill what, until now, has been a federal effort. A new era of U.S. climate action has dawned. In the four short days since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw … [Read more...]

Disruptive Energy Market Triggers Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity within PJM

disruptive energy

A disruptive energy market is leading to retirement of big coal-fired plants and paving the way for cleaner natural gas -- a resource often used in microgrids and combined heat and power. Christina Simeone, of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, explains the forces behind the shift within the nation's largest regional transmission organization, … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Increases Efficiency, But May Not Cut Carbon: Study

energy storage increases efficiency

A team of economists from Wisconsin, Quebec and Norway find that energy storage increases efficiency across the entire electricity sector. But it does not necessarily lead to less fossils fuels and more renewables, as is often thought. The researchers discuss the study below. Research recently published in the European Economic Review shows that … [Read more...]

The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

momentary power outages

S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

C&I microgrids

Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

advanced distribution management system

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

Choosing an Energy Storage System: Getting Past the Sizzle and into the Sausage

choosing an energy storage system

Rob Campbell of Vulcan Energy talks about why choosing an energy storage system is difficult and the need for international standards that clearly articulate battery performance and longevity. With the explosion of domestic battery storage products on offer, early adopters are generally savvy with the technical aspects of this new technology and … [Read more...]

California Primed to Gain from Solar Plus Storage…But New Policies Crucial

solar plus storage

Ben Airth and Sachu Constantine of the Center for Sustainable Energy explain how solar plus storage can strengthen California's electric grid -- and the importance of good government policy in helping it do so. When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant … [Read more...]