Connections Made at CAE Q1 Meeting Lead To First-Ever Utility Microgrid PEER Gold Certification

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In this week's Industry Perspectives column, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores how a meeting at the CAE Q1 event led to the first utility microgrid PEER Gold certification for the Ameren microgrid.  The Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, has received accolades for its reliability and collaborative partnerships. It has also … [Read more...]

A Bottom Up Network of Microgrids Takes Shape in Puerto Rico

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NRDC's Luis Martinez describes work by the organization and others shaping a network of microgrids in Puerto Rico, designed to make communities more energy resilient. Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

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In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]

The Six Elements to Successful Microgrid Deployments

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Brian Baumann, business development manager for microgrids at Siemens Digital Grid, explores the vital elements integral to successful microgrid deployments.  The microgrid market continues to evolve as new systems are developed and new challenges are addressed by distributed generation and advanced … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers: What…or Who…is Behind the Curtain?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Peter Asmus, research director at Navigant Research, explores how microgrid controllers are at the forefront of microgrid industry evolution.  To many, the mystery behind the curtain of what is and what is not a good microgrid controller may feel a little like the Wizard of Oz. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

Agreement with Illinois’ Largest Utility Could Jump-Start Private Microgrids

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Christie Hicks, of the Environmental Defense Fund, sheds light on a new a new agreement with Illinois’ largest utility, ComEd, that may pave the way for private microgrids to use utility wires.  Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so … [Read more...]

Is Stock Performance Tied to Grid Reliability?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores whether stock performance is directly tied to grid reliability.  During tax season, Americans tend to evaluate the performance of their investments to verify whether they are investing correctly. It’s also a good time to look at how the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Engineering Becoming a Macro-Profession

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Doug Jones, of POWER Engineers, discusses how microgrid engineering is becoming a macro-profession.  I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague about our work with microgrid engineering projects. A common theme emerged: Many of the bad experiences involved a lack of cross-discipline … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Unlocking the Financial Value of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Colin Neagle, marketing manager for Enel X, explores the value of behind-the-meter energy storage. Neagle is also editor-in-chief of the EnergySMART blog, where the following post first ran.  While many commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are drawn to the sustainability and resilience … [Read more...]