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

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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

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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

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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...]

Oasis Microgrids Speed Recovery from Large-Scale Electrical Events

In this week's Industry Perspectives, POWER Engineers' John Kumm explores natural disaster scenarios and the benefits of the oasis microgrid. A recent article in The New Yorker magazine [1] described a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that has the potential to strike the U. S. Pacific Northwest in coming years. Geologists have determined that a … [Read more...]

Sharing Alaska’s Microgrid Expertise Across Borders

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The Atlantic Council's Penny Gage describes Alaska's microgrid expertise and explains how it can be shared nationally and internationally. There is a stark divide between rural and urban Alaska, with 41 percent of the state’s residents residing in the city of Anchorage. Most communities are located off the road system, accessible only by … [Read more...]

Lower Microgrid Risk with Utility-Proven Technology and Services

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Justin Day of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) explains how to minimize microgrid risk with vetted equipment from experienced professionals. Risk is unavoidable when implementing a microgrid. Because of the complexity involved, projects can be delayed, budgets exceeded and equipment can fail or misoperate. The marketplace can also feel … [Read more...]

Has Hitachi Zeroed In On the Most Viable Microgrid Financing Model?

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Peter Asmus of Navigant Research describes cutting-edge work by Hitachi that offers a promising microgrid financing model. I had the pleasure of participating in an afternoon workshop at the VERGE conference in Santa Clara, California this week. The workshop covered a lot of ground, including offering two different perspectives on microgrids … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids Boost Energy Reliability and Efficiency for the Marine Corps

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Military microgrids can save the Marine Corps hundreds of man hours, reduce fuel use, and lower costs through automatic load sharing. U.S. Marine Private Robert Bliss explains. The high-tech gear the Marine Corps uses continues to evolve each year. Power generators allow the Marine Corps to operate its gear no matter the environment. Recently, … [Read more...]

Small Power, Big Grid: NRDC Series on Distributed Energy and Transmission

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NRDC's Allison Clements looks at the relationship between distributed energy and transmission in this excerpt from her blog series on the topic. Clements says that a huge opportunity exists in the U.S. to save money and reduce emissions by capturing distributed energy in regional load forecasting. To ensure reliable and affordable service to … [Read more...]