Microgrid Technology and Engineering Risks: The Importance of Engaging an Expert Partner

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Jim Bishop explores engineering risks in microgrid technology and why picking the right technical partner or partners can be key to success.  Today’s advanced microgrids are flexible, multi-functional and complex. Taken together with their relatively cutting edge underlying software intelligence, … [Read more...]

What Senegal Needs to do to Close its Energy Gap by 2030


Erik Nordman, of Grand Valley State University, describes strides to achieve universal electricity access in Senegal and the role of microgrids. Affordable and clean energy is the foundation for many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Modern energy, like electricity and liquified petroleum gas, is a vital need for … [Read more...]

From Mind Meld to Microgrids in Puerto Rico


In a continuing mission to restore critical electrical power to the people of Puerto Rico, Task Force Power Restoration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is using microgrid technology to temporarily power areas that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Maria. Capt. Aaron Anderson, TF Power Restoration, is the operations officer leading the effort, … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Institute: Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2017

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Laurie Guevara-Stone of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explains why it was a good year for solar, renewable microgrids, energy efficiency, blockchain, climate change efforts and other clean energy initiatives. Sure 2017 had its mishaps (and we’re not just talking about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco). But it also had some great moments. … [Read more...]

Yes, the Grid Can Handle Electric Vehicles Just Fine: Report

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NRDC's Noah Garcia describes the latest utility research on how electric vehicles affect the electric grid -- and it's good news. “Clean up the grid. Electrify everything.” That’s a brief summary of what Southern California Edison and a growing number of U.S. electric utilities are aiming for to decarbonize the power and transportation … [Read more...]

Can Waste-to-Energy Microgrids be the Missing Link for Puerto Rico?

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IQgrid's Myles Mangram urges Puerto Rico to consider waste-to-energy microgrids as it rebuilds post-Hurricane Maria. The technology can simultaneously take care of two problems characteristic of storm-damaged areas: lack of power and an accumulation of waste. On September 6, Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 5 storm, … [Read more...]

The Importance of Operator Engagement in a Microgrid Project

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 Jesse Douglas, director of business development at Veolia North America, focuses on the crucial importance of operator engagement in a microgrid project.  Microgrids have been receiving a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. The need to increase efficiency, and environmental performance is encouraging companies, … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico – Pioneer in Microgrids


Mahesh Bhave, of BHAVE Power Systems, says that the entire world stands to benefit as Puerto Rico gives full policy attention to microgrids and confronts fundamental questions about electricity policy. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission deserves praise for raising the right and important questions about the future of electricity on the … [Read more...]

Why Maine Lawmakers Should Support Pending Microgrid Legislation

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The Acadia Center's Kathleen Meil describes recent power outages in Maine that underscore the need for energy resiliency. She explains how pending microgrid legislation can help. Of the many economic, energy, and environmental benefits of a clean, modernized community energy system, one might stand out for electric customers across the … [Read more...]

Zibelman Sees Australia Becoming World Leader in Distributed Grid Technology

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Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator and former chair of the New York Public Service Commission, talks to Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy about the rise of distributed energy and Australia's leadership role in the transition. Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Audrey Zibelman says Australia will be a world leader … [Read more...]