Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt studies how an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your tablet or paying those pesky utility bills with your app, you’re utilizing a company’s IT system. That … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Water-Energy Nexus: A Warning for the U.S. from South Africa

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The Environmental Defense Fund's Kate Zerrenner describes the water-energy nexus impacting Cape Town as it runs dry, and posits that parts of the U.S. could face the same threat. In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water … [Read more...]

How Will the Solar Tariff Affect Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores how the new solar tariff will impact the microgrid industry.  On Feb. 7, the U.S. government announced that imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules made outside the United States will face a 30 percent tariff. The first … [Read more...]

DERMS Adoption in the New Energy Landscape


In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Jérome de Parscau explores distributed energy resource system (DERMS) adoption and how this is changing today's energy landscape.  With the energy landscape in the midst of a major upheaval, both consumers and distribution utilities are experiencing significant advancements in … [Read more...]

Launch Alaska Funds Microgrid-Related Technology…Plus News from Australia and Maryland

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Microgrid-related technology wins Launch Alaska funds Launch Alaska has selected four companies, some with microgrid-related technology, to participate in its 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage, Alaska. The participants will complete a four-month intensive program and receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in … [Read more...]

Surprising Ways Distributed Energy Resources Can Transform the Economy

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Navigant's Peter Asmus describes five surprises that may lie ahead as distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids transform the global economy. It is that time of the year again, when pundits pontificate about what the future holds, and citizens and corporations alike set goals for the coming year. I’d like to make five predictions for … [Read more...]

Energy Industry in 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead

Energy Industry in 2018

In this week’s edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel discusses what is in store for the energy industry in 2018.  Last year was a formative year for the new energy landscape. It underlined new challenges for operations, sustainability and financial decision-makers, while introducing innovative opportunities and … [Read more...]

The Real Cause of Blackouts in Australia and the Drive for Distributed Energy

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RenewEconomy's Sophie Vorrath explains the true cause of blackouts in Australia and what's driving consumers to install solar plus storage. Electricity outages that left tens of thousands of Victorian households without power on Sunday and Monday turned up a few interesting home truths about Australia’s national energy market. One of those, … [Read more...]

Creating Critical Infrastructure for Critical Facilities Requires Collaboration

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In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores why energy resiliency is key to today's critical infrastructure, as well as how stakeholders can work together to ensure critical facilities keep the lights on.  Ke Wei, senior policy adviser for energy, in the New York City Mayor’s Office of … [Read more...]