Using the Value of Resiliency to Support Financing a Multi-DER Microgrid

Concord Engineering VP Michael Boswell explores the potential of the multi-DER microgrid, and the financing options making this strategy a viable option for today's energy needs.  Stepping into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine from Rocky and Bullwinkle and then stepping out in the not too distant past, there was a time when PV Solar projects … [Read more...]

How Western Australia Can Lead on Renewable Energy Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step Off The Grid, describes a new report that outlines the potential for Western Australia to lead on renewable energy microgrids — and what stands in the way. Western Australia has the potential to become a global leader in renewable energy microgrid development and export, a new report has found, but only with … [Read more...]

Progress on Puerto Rico’s IRP Plan: What it Means to the Grid and Microgrids

The Environmental Defense Fund's Daniel Whittle and Agustin Carbó report the latest on the Puerto Rico IRP proceeding, a complex and lengthy regulatory undertaking expected to influence microgrid and renewable energy development on the island. Puerto Rico’s electric grid is extremely fragile and in need of repair. The natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Costs?

Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]

What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

Lineman’s Idea Leads to Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duke Energy's Jessica Wells explores how one lineman’s idea lead to development of a Great Smoky Mountains National Park microgrid. Learn how using solar power and batteries, Duke Energy was able to remove power lines atop Mt. Sterling.  Jeff Fisher has spent more time than most in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not as a tourist, but … [Read more...]