Natural Gas Generators: Not Only Relevant but Critical to Microgrids

Generac's Jamie Smith explores the importance of natural gas generators for today's microgrids.  Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, interest in distributed generation solutions and microgrids continues to accelerate. A busy hurricane season and utility safety shutdown programs have commercial and industrial energy consumers seeking … [Read more...]

Transitioning Microgrid Technology to the US Department of Defense through the ESTCP Demonstration Program

Ben Lavoie, lead engineer — energy storage, federal solutions at Ameresco, shares findings from three-phase research on advanced energy storage systems and microgrid technology in partnership with the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.  The ESTCP is a program that funds carefully selected demonstration projects to … [Read more...]

The Rise of the DC Coupled Microgrid

Why combining solar and storage in the DC side of the inverter is the next big thing in microgrids. Explore the potential of the DC coupled microgrid with Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems.  The defining feature of any microgrid is the fact that it generates and consumes its power without having to rely on the support of the … [Read more...]

Writing a Request for Microgrid Proposal Is Easy — If You’ve Done the Hard Work

Issuing a request for proposal is a common way for a facilities manager to find microgrid developers and vendors. How can you create a microgrid RFP that attracts high quality responses? Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight. Suppliers and integrators of microgrids are in the business of … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the Future of Resilience for Mission Critical Internet and Cloud Data

Power failures make headlines as wildfires and hurricanes occur with increasing frequency. But the cascading consequences and economic impact of internet disruption often seem to go unnoticed. Data and internet resilience is symbiotic with energy in the Digital Age, and bringing the two together into a microgrid does much to enhance its value … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, describes the best practices that have emerged from successful U.S. community microgrids. These offer a roadmap for the next generation of community microgrids. Despite their many benefits, community microgrids face myriad regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers to implementation. … [Read more...]

The Intricate Act of Optimizing Your Microgrid

Bryan Knight, director of structured finance at PowerSecure, explains the challenges associated with creating an optimized microgrid and how to overcome them. Microgrids should be like a set of fingerprints, with no two being exactly alike. There are simply too many variables at play for a one-size-fits-all approach. Success is measured … [Read more...]

Energy for the People: Microgrids and the Democratization of Energy

Lance Haines, chief technology officer - Microgrids, at Schneider Electric speaks on microgrids and modernizing the grid — and how the two are intrinsically connected.  The US has made significant efforts towards modernizing its electrical grid, yet the existing disparity in power quality and electricity savings achieved among communities … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Barriers to Community Microgrids

Despite their potential benefits, community microgrids face several institutional and financial challenges. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how microgrid developers and their project partners can overcome these barriers. Community microgrids offer many reliability, resilience, cost reduction, and decarbonization … [Read more...]

Call for Clean, Reliable and Equitable Electricity in Consumers Energy IRP

Samantha Williams, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, issues a call to action to encourage clean, reliable and equitable energy in the upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Consumers Energy in Michigan. Consumers Energy has an important regulatory filing coming up that is going to impact every single person living in Michigan. … [Read more...]