Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Driving Complexity out of Microgrid Design

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains why we need simpler microgrid design and more "elegant" control strategies.  About two decades ago, one of the first programmable logic controller (PLC) systems I coded was controlling an expensive machine called a sheeter. This machine … [Read more...]

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Legality of State Clean Energy Programs

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Clean energy states can proceed with more confidence following a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Connecticut's renewable portfolio standard. NRDC's John Moore explains. States can breathe a sigh of relief. In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court has affirmed the legality of Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) … [Read more...]

Australian Battery Storage Market Heats up as Tesla and Sonnen Vie for Position

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes the latest moves by Tesla rival, Sonnen, as the Australian battery storage market heats up. NSW-based Natural Solar said on Monday it was taking the role of premier Sonnen installer in the Australian market, rolling out the first series of sonnenFlat installations around the country, much as it … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

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Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

Hospital Microgrids Become an Integral Part of the Energy Value Chain

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel explains how hospital microgrids are becoming an integral part of the "energy value chain."  Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]

District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

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Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]

New Era of Climate Action: Local Forces Fill the Vacuum Left by the Feds

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The U.S. is entering a new era of climate action, says the Rocky Mountain Institute's Paul Bodnar. A coalition of local entities is gathering strength and stepping forward to fill what, until now, has been a federal effort. A new era of U.S. climate action has dawned. In the four short days since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw … [Read more...]