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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

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

military microgrids

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

RGGI

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...]

Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

States that Fail to Invest in Clean Energy Pay in Higher Electricity Costs

investing in clean energy

A new NRDC study finds that higher electricity costs occur in states that fail to invest in clean energy. NRDC's Ralph Cavanagh describes the study. For years, the skeptics warned that a clean energy transition would drive up costs and make consumers’ energy bills unaffordable. They were wrong. Despite wild swings in fossil fuel prices, … [Read more...]

Post-Election Thoughts: Why We Need Microgrid Advocacy Now

microgrid advocacy

IDEA’s Rob Thornton explains the road ahead for distributed energy in post-election Washington and why microgrid advocacy is crucial as the nation considers infrastructure investment. The outcome of the recent election alone will do little to change the condition or age of the energy infrastructure serving our cities, communities and campuses. … [Read more...]

Our Energy Future and Fraying Wires: A Message for the New President and Congress

energy resiliency

EDF's Dick Munson explains how Gretchen Bakke's new book,"The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future," can help a new president and Congress encourage microgrids, energy storage and other crucial innovations. On any given day, half a million Americans lose power for two or more hours. Those blackouts cost our economy … [Read more...]