Lessons from Microgrids for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Trevor Gionet and Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems explain how flattening the COVID-19 curve is much like managing the grid with microgrids and demand response. There are parallels between COVID-19 responses and the management of the electrical grid of the future. Concepts like “flattening the curve” and” self-quarantine” are concepts not … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

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Energy leaders in Australia describe what’s ahead for solar and storage as a result of COVID-19. Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid reports.  Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the … [Read more...]

The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

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Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

What’s Ahead for the Future of Microgrids?

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S&C Electric's Stephanie Pine describes the future of microgrids as they become more advanced, renewable, standardized, scalable and cybersecure. Over the last few years, microgrid deployments throughout the world have increased. We should expect this trend to continue as market projections point to steadily increasing annual microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrid Design: Ensuring Accurate Modeling when Incorporating Energy Management Systems

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Energy management systems (EMS) both enhance and complicate microgrid design. Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explains what it takes to ensure that modeling reflects outcome in today's sophisticated microgrids. There are countless variables to consider when making an investment into a microgrid, from the electrical distribution hardware, to … [Read more...]

Using the Value of Resiliency to Support Financing a Multi-DER Microgrid

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Concord Engineering VP Michael Boswell explores the potential of the multi-DER microgrid, and the financing options making this strategy a viable option for today's energy needs.  Stepping into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine from Rocky and Bullwinkle and then stepping out in the not too distant past, there was a time when PV Solar projects … [Read more...]

How Western Australia Can Lead on Renewable Energy Microgrids

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Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step Off The Grid, describes a new report that outlines the potential for Western Australia to lead on renewable energy microgrids — and what stands in the way. Western Australia has the potential to become a global leader in renewable energy microgrid development and export, a new report has found, but only with … [Read more...]

Progress on Puerto Rico’s IRP Plan: What it Means to the Grid and Microgrids

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The Environmental Defense Fund's Daniel Whittle and Agustin Carbó report the latest on the Puerto Rico IRP proceeding, a complex and lengthy regulatory undertaking expected to influence microgrid and renewable energy development on the island. Puerto Rico’s electric grid is extremely fragile and in need of repair. The natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Costs?

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]