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Think Microgrid: Why Government Leaders Are on a Serious Quest to Build Microgrids

The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid Simple microgrids have existed for more than 100 years, going back to Thomas Edison. Until recently, North American energy planners viewed microgrids as largely niche energy projects, most likely to be found on college campuses, islands or remote … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: Why North America is Doing So, Right Now

The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report. It wasn’t just the severity of Superstorm Sandy (See related article) that led to today’s new emphasis on grid resiliency and microgrids; it was also the timing. A convergence of other events – economic, technological and market – made North America ripe for microgrids and … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid

The editors of Microgrid Knowledge, working with other industry experts, have created these detailed Special Reports on on the following microgrid topics. Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids Reciprocating engine generators are becoming increasingly important to help solve three contemporary energy problems. The first … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: The Local Energy Revolution

This week two years ago, Superstorm Sandy put the 'city that never sleeps at night' into a near coma, disrupting electric power in some parts of New York for two weeks. It was a painful lesson about the vulnerability of our electric grid, not just in New York, but throughout the Northeast. And it was a wake-up call for government leaders about the … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: How the Technology Has Changed its Stars

This is the first in a series of articles from our new "Think Microgrid" special report. Microgrids have been around for decades; in fact, configurations that look much like microgrids go back to Thomas Edison’s time. But for most of their history, microgrids operated as a niche technology, workable and financially feasible mostly on college … [Read more...]

How Financiers Think about Microgrid Project Funding

This is the first entry in a series courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions that shows readers the ins and outs of microgrid project funding. Find out what your potential financiers are thinking.  Mind the gap It’s far easier to finance a microgrid today than it was just a few years ago thanks to new financing … [Read more...]

Think Like a Financier to Win Funding for Your Microgrid Project

It’s far easier to finance a microgrid project today than it was just a few years ago thanks to new financing mechanisms and a greater understanding of the technology by investors. Still, some great microgrid projects do not see the light of day because of the gap between a developer’s vision and a financier’s scrutiny.  Developers, sponsors and … [Read more...]

What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

NYPA to Re-Think Albany Microgrid Following Pressure to Add Renewables

Under pressure from local advocates, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) says it will take a second look at plans for a 16-MW Albany microgrid project to see if it can incorporate renewable energy. As originally conceived the Albany microgrid would use combined heat and power (CHP) to supply 90 percent of the power, as well as heating and … [Read more...]