Recent Superstorms Spotlight the Need to Address Aging Electrical Infrastructure

electrical Infrastructure

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel explores how the recent particularly destructive hurricane season put a spotlight on the need to address aging electrical infrastructure.  This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria have had a major impact on human … [Read more...]

Department of Energy Gets it Wrong on Energy Reliability

energy reliability

NRDC's Elizabeth Noll says that the Department of Energy is heading down the wrong path when it comes to energy reliability. Most power outages occur because of transmission and distribution failure. They are not due to lack of power supply. So more coal and nuclear generation will not make the U.S. grid more reliable.  There are three key … [Read more...]

Interest in Microgrids is Building in the Washington, DC Area

interest in microgrids

Annette Osso, managing director of Resilient Virginia, describes the growing interest in microgrids -- a topic that will be explored at a gathering of microgrid and energy storage leaders next week in Washington, D.C.  Leaders in Energy and Resilient Virginia are teaming up on October 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., to bring together an exceptional group of … [Read more...]

First Trade Association Forms for Africa Mini-grid Developers

Africa mini-grid

Power for All's William Brent interviews Sam Slaughter, a founding member of the first trade association for Africa mini-grid developers. Sam Slaughter, a founding member of the newly formed Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA), tells Power for All that it’s time for the mini-grid sector to move past ideation and start executing at … [Read more...]

Adapting Protection to Island Mode Operation of Microgrids

island mode

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explores some of the challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids.  The challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids vary per the grid topology and the generation sources such as … [Read more...]

Severe Storms Refocus City Leaders on Resiliency and Climate

resiliency and climate

NRDC's Shelley Poticha describes a heightened focus on resiliency and climate by U.S. mayors following recent hurricanes in North America. Tough talk about meeting the challenges of climate change abounded among city leaders at a C40 event marking Climate Week NYC last week, with city leaders staking a claim as first responders in the face … [Read more...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

blockchain energy trading

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Business Strategy: An Evolutionary Industry Perspective

microgrid business strategy

Anthony Colonnese, Ameresco’s vice president - energy security solutions, describes the evolution of Ameresco’s microgrid business strategy — from energy efficiency to today’s battery storage advances. Energy efficiency was front and center when the Ameresco team first began carrying out projects for the US government and military over seventeen … [Read more...]

The Case for Microgrids on Skids: Small and Modular

microgrid on skids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Hitachi's Steve Pullins and Brian Levite explore the possibilities of small, modular microgrid solutions that could be designed once and built in a controlled environment; what they are calling microgrids on skids. The case for microgrids has been made many times here on the pages of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Toward Market-based Microgrid Control Systems: Inside Brunswick Landing

microgrid control

Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems describes the value of market-based microgrid control systems, as applied to an innovative project under development in Maine. The largest machine on earth is often said to be our electrical grid. By the end of 2016 there were some 7,600 power plants greater than 1 MW and many smaller resources, as well as a … [Read more...]