After the Texas Storm: Time to Shift the Narrative on Energy Infrastructure

Kelly Land, business development manager, commercial assets at PowerSecure, shares insights gleaned from the winter storm that took Texas by surprise, crippling the state's energy infrastructure. An unanticipated Winter Storm Uri arrived in Texas in early 2021, crippling infrastructure across the state. The combination of record winter peak … [Read more...]

Australia’s Northern Territory to Offer Competitive Tender for Remote Microgrids

This article, by Sophie Vorrath, first appeared in One Step off the Grid, a publication based in Australia The Northern Territory (NT) government has laid the foundations for plans to transition scores of remote indigenous communities to renewable-based power systems by 2030, with the announcement of $2 million in funding and a competitive … [Read more...]

Old Actors Play New Roles in the Age of Extremes

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how empowered counties, frazzled citizens and businesses with a distributed workforce are emerging from the pandemic – seeking resilience. A new age We have now entered the Age of Extremes. Even before the 2020 hurricane and wildfire seasons, 87% of respondents in a … [Read more...]

California’s First-of-a-Kind Microgrid for Wastewater Treatment

Mike Byrnes, senior vice president of Veolia North America and CEO of SourceOne, Veolia's energy consulting company, discusses an innovative California microgrid project bringing energy independence, greater resiliency and efficiency for Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.  Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as … [Read more...]

Market Leaders Point the Way as the Microgrid Controls Market Advances

Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, describes the state of the market for microgrid controls — a technology known as the "brain" of the microgrid — and what companies are leading the way.  The success of the microgrid market depends on digital control platforms that can orchestrate diverse distributed energy resources (DER) into a … [Read more...]

EVs Are a Disruptive Force. Smart Microgrids Are the Answer to Manage the Disruption

Scott Kessler, head of Microgrid Strategy & Sales at Siemens, describes electric vehicles (EVs) as classic disruptive technology and explains how microgrids manage the disruption. The headlines in 2021 from automakers making bold EV commitments have been dizzying. Jaguar, Volvo and General Motors have pledged to make 100% electric … [Read more...]

A Microgrid You Can Wear? Yep. And You’re the Energy Source

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a wearable microgrid that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, … [Read more...]

Path to a Clean, Resilient Microgrid in Camden, New Jersey

Camden, New Jersey officials explain their microgrid strategy to avoid the kind of power outages experienced in Texas last month. Jeffery Nash, a Camden County commissioner, and City Councilwoman Shaneka Boucher offer an update on the project's status. Last month, we watched in horror as Americans in Texas suffered one of the worst energy crises … [Read more...]

Five (Fairly Simple) Steps to Resilient Standby Power

Thomas Poteet III, vice president, corporate development at Mesa Solutions, walks readers through five steps to achieve resilient power, including planning for lengthy outages and finding the right standby power solution.  Know the difference between “reliability” and “resilience” There are varying definitions for reliability and … [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...]