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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Carbon Emissions Fell Again in the U.S. Northeast. So What’s the Next Step for RGGI?

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Carbon emissions fell again in 2016 for the U.S. Northeast states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Success? Yes -- but also a signal that it's time for stakeholders to consider the next step for RGGI. Jordan Stutt of the Acadia Center explains. Declining Emissions Signal Need for Reform In advance of expected … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice

microgrids for social justice

Hitachi’s Alex Rakow and Erica Hauver explain why microgrids must become more embedded in social policy and public infrastructure planning. To many readers, Evan Osnos’ article, “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in last month’s issue of The New Yorker may seem extreme.  America’s wealthy elite preparing for armageddon scenarios with … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Monitoring & Control Helps Utilities Transition to the Prosumer Economy

distributed generation monitoring

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US, explains how distributed generation monitoring and control helps utilities transition to a prosumer economy.  The U.S. energy industry is in the middle of a significant transition. The status quo is shifting towards a more decentralized and dynamic … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids May Fit into the Trump Agenda

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Navigant's Peter Asmus explains why military microgrids may align with the Trump agenda. President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional energy fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies … [Read more...]

Building Unintentional Microgrids on Purpose

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explains the phenomenon of unintentional microgrids.  Last year, I began to notice an emerging trend in the microgrid market: unintentional, or accidental, microgrids. This is an instance where nearly all the parts of a microgrid already exist on a utility’s grid and can … [Read more...]

Report Describes $5.9B in Health Benefits from RGGI’s Carbon Reductions

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has brought health benefits to its nine participating states by reducing carbon emissions, says a new report described here by NRDC's Jackson Morris and Bruce Ho. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which launched in 2009 to fight climate change by cutting carbon pollution from power … [Read more...]

A Case for Virtual Power Plants and Energy Storage in California

microgrid virtual power plant

Peter Asmus of Navigant Research explains how virtual power plants and energy storage offered a rapid solution to a grid deficiency in California. A little over a year ago, the underground Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility began leaking. While the primary concern was how methane emissions might jeopardize public safety, this event … [Read more...]

Specialized Microgrids Will Keep Utilities Competitive

specialized microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Kilowatt Labs' Omar Ghani explores the potential of specialized microgrids to drive competition and provide utilities with a sustainable commercial model for the future.  Utilities keep the lights on, delivering electricity to us reliably, safely and economically. Having built a robust technical and … [Read more...]