How Will Delay Related to Covid-19 Affect California Microgrid Legislation?

Vote Solar predicted 2020 “was going to be the year of the microgrid” in the California legislature. Then COVID-19 hit. What seemed to be the turning point for microgrids in a state ravaged by extensive wildfires for the last three years is now stalling due to shortened legislative sessions. Most legislation stalls, may return in 2021 How can … [Read more...]

Installation Completed of Record-size Hybrid Microgrid at Australia Mine

Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports on the completion of the largest hybrid microgrid in Australia. A groundbreaking 56-MW solar, wind and battery project built to power a gold mine in remote Western Australia has been completed, marking the largest hybrid microgrid of its kind in Australia and the first in the country to use wind-generated … [Read more...]

How Hospital Microgrids can Solve Energy Challenges

Adam Dutka, vice president sales – healthcare, at PowerSecure, delves into how hospital microgrids can solve energy challenges in these critical institutions, especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  Recent horrific events in our nation’s history taught us many things, none the least of which is an enhanced need for preparedness. … [Read more...]

Why We Need Renewable Natural Gas

Joseph Sullivan, Concord Engineering's vice president of energy policy and development, explores the importance of renewable natural gas in today's energy markets, as well as potential sources and recent RNG legislation and regulation moves.  The organized environmental community has abandoned their previous position that natural gas is … [Read more...]

How Hard has the COVID-19 Economy Hit Clean Energy Workers?

Lara Ettenson, NRDC's director, energy efficiency, climate & clean energy program, details the impact of COVID-19 on clean energy workers and describes what the federal government and states can do to help. The COVID-19 pandemic is a national crisis. Swift action to address the health and safety of communities and workers across the … [Read more...]

Lessons from Microgrids for the COVID-19 Crisis

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

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

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?

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

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...]