Using Local Generation to Improve Data Center Resilience and Sustainability

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores how to use local generation to improve efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability — specifically in the colocation industry and data centers.  Modern business runs on data. Data centers around the world must maintain the highest degree of uptime possible to ensure uninterrupted data services for their … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

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The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

Walk Through the Last of the Microgrid Development Phases: Implementation

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This guest post is adapted  from a new white paper from the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines the three microgrid development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 3: Implementation.  Implementing a microgrid requires significant time, effort and investment. There are many cost variables that must … [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...]

Microgrids: An Innovative Solution for Meeting DoD Energy Resiliency Requirements

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Stephanie Pine, manager, federal business at S&C Electric, explores how the Department of Defense is approaching its energy resiliency goals. DoD microgrids are part of the strategy.  Energy resiliency isn’t just an overarching long-term goal for the Department of Defense (DoD); it’s a critical competency with specific DoD requirements … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Planning Phase of Public Infrastructure Microgrid Development

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This guest post is adapted from a new white paper on microgrid development by the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines three development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 2: planning.  The planning phase involves significant preparation work for the project that begins with broader stakeholder … [Read more...]

Do We Need to Count Embedded Carbon Content Too?

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Is it time to look beyond just emissions from power plants and vehicles and consider embedded carbon in steel, scrap metal, minerals and other building blocks? Here is a new program to do just that, as explained by Paola Natali, of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI),  Suzanne Greene of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and Perrine … [Read more...]

A 101 on New York’s Reexamination of Electric Resource Adequacy

New York City

Jackson Morris and Cullen Howe, both of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), provide background on this week's decision by the New York Public Service Commission to reexamine electric resource adequacy in light of the evolving power system. Keeping the lights on is a vital responsibility that we all expect our elected officials and … [Read more...]

Australian Energy Market Operator Invites Consumers to Participate in Virtual Power Plant

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a virtual power plant program designed to unlock new value for Australian consumers who have invested in distributed energy technology. Plans to harness consumer distributed energy resources and trial using them in service to the greater grid have gained ground last week, with the Australian … [Read more...]

Microgrid Care: The Ins and Outs for a Lasting Energy System

Your microgrid is online. You learned a lot while building it. Now there’s more to learn about its maintenance. A new handbook from S&C Electric acts as a guide to the ins and outs of microgrid care for both day-to-day operations and long-term needs. Who’s in charge of operations and maintenance  If you haven’t identifed who’s responsible … [Read more...]