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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

microgrid implementations

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Driving Complexity out of Microgrid Design

microgrid design

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains why we need simpler microgrid design and more "elegant" control strategies.  About two decades ago, one of the first programmable logic controller (PLC) systems I coded was controlling an expensive machine called a sheeter. This machine … [Read more...]

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Legality of State Clean Energy Programs

clean energy

Clean energy states can proceed with more confidence following a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Connecticut's renewable portfolio standard. NRDC's John Moore explains. States can breathe a sigh of relief. In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court has affirmed the legality of Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

virtual microgrids

Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

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...]