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Case study: Disaster preparedness begins with reliable power

In February 2021, frigid temperatures brought chaos to roads and wreaked havoc on Texas energy infrastructure. The winter storm left millions of residents without power and thousands of businesses unable to operate. But the important work conducted at AmerisourceBergen continued. The wholesale pharmaceutical company, which distributes … [Read more...]

Disaster preparedness expert Jeffrey Schlegelmilch to keynote Microgrid 2022 on June 1 in Philadelphia

Disaster preparedness expert and author Jeffrey Schlegelmilch will deliver the keynote address for Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes on June 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Schlegelmilch, who serves as director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Climate School, Columbia University, is the author of … [Read more...]

The grid is not prepared for the 21st century

In the second article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll explore why the electric grid is not prepared for the 21st century.  Climate disaster is upon us. We are not ready. Electricity is essential to survival and prosperity in a contemporary world, but the electric grid — the … [Read more...]

Preparing the Next Generation: Microgrids as an Energy and Educational Resource for Universities

In this video, learn how campus microgrids can be used as an energy and educational resource to prepare the new energy workforce. Patrick Lee of PXiSE and David Liebman of the Sonoma County Junior College District discuss how to ensure the educational mission in a wildfire zone. William Byun of the California State University San Marcos and James … [Read more...]

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

Hindering Broader Microgrid Adoption: Departing Load and Standby Charges

Steve Pullins of AlphaStruxure makes the case that utility standby charges and departing load charges are inherently unfair. If the microgrid customer expects a service from the utility and it fails, then the customer should expect a rebate on standby charges, Pullins argues. By now, most people know that microgrids featuring on-site, … [Read more...]

Transitioning Microgrid Technology to the US Department of Defense through the ESTCP Demonstration Program

Ben Lavoie, lead engineer — energy storage, federal solutions at Ameresco, shares findings from three-phase research on advanced energy storage systems and microgrid technology in partnership with the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.  The ESTCP is a program that funds carefully selected demonstration projects to … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Prepares to Build Australia’s First Renewable Hydrogen Microgrid

Horizon Power plans to build Australia’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid, a move that is part of the country’s effort to foster the technology. The demonstration project will test the ability of hydrogen to serve as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids, the utility said Nov. 27. “This plant will demonstrate how hydrogen can … [Read more...]

Whether Facing a Cyberattack or a Pandemic, Preparation Is Critical

S&C Electric’s Stephanie Pine explains why cybersecurity and threat preparation is critical for the utility industry during uncertain times — a fact underscored by the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the ultimate lesson in the value of preparation and crisis management. As we’ve collectively experienced this pandemic, it has … [Read more...]

Is California Better Prepared for the 2020 Wildfire Season?

A mix of dry conditions and strong winds are conspiring to make this year’s wildfire season in California especially threatening, and utilities and regulators are working to rapidly implement new resilience programs and ready microgrids to mitigate fire risk and prevent prolonged outages. The first few months of the year saw record low … [Read more...]