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Alexa, Please Turn the Power Back on. Alexa? Alexa?

We worry about the big calamities like hurricanes and cyberattacks that cause long power outages. But let’s face it, for most of us momentary outages are more likely to disrupt our daily lives. Mike Edmonds, chief commercial officer for S&C Electric, thinks about this when his 5-year-old son calls out: “Alexa, bedtime story!” Raised … [Read more...]

Congressional Proposal Recognizes Microgrid Role in US Climate Strategy

It’s been slow to come, but lawmakers are increasingly incorporating microgrids into climate strategies, a focal point for Democrat politicians in both chambers. The carbon-reduction roadmap released this week by the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis offers a case in point. Called “Solving the Climate Crisis,” the plan seeks … [Read more...]

Engineering our Way to the Future: Microgrids, Digitization and Automation

Microgrid engineering is evolving, and this presentation explores the future of digitization and automation within these systems. Presentations and Discussion Engineering is the heart and soul of the microgrid revolution. This session explores what advances are occurring now in microgrid controls, software & energy storage, and what do … [Read more...]

Today at the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference: How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times & Places

Join us for a look at “How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times and Places” on the third day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. With presentations from leading microgrid experts, today features six sessions. 10 am EDT: Navigating Dual Disasters: What are the Next Steps for California as it … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Transportation Electrification Bill

An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The … [Read more...]

Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step up for Microgrids before the Next Disaster?

As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]

The Future of AI in Facility Management

A recent post on the Veolia blog explores the importance of AI in modern facility management. What do our future smart buildings look like?  If there is one thing we know from working in smart buildings, it is how rapidly technology advances. Consequently, the building management space can be difficult to predict; however, there are developing … [Read more...]

Does Your Microgrid Have Enough Computing Power?

Microgrids need to have enough computing power to operate even if a facility is experiencing connectivity issues, says Joseph Gottlieb, CTO of Rhombus Energy. His company builds software to meet this need. "It's a booming business," he says in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge at Microgrid 2019. Rhombus … [Read more...]

The Quick-Thinking, Self-Driving Energy Grid of the Future

A quick-thinking, self-driving energy grid of the future — an autonomous energy grid — is being developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal is to integrate and make the best use of the many distributed energy resources (DERs) expected to come online in coming years, providing for fast-acting … [Read more...]