Fast Load Shedding, Automated Protective Relays and GOOSE Communications

load shedding

In this week’s Industry Perspectives,  Ameresco's Troy Wilsey explores how tools like fast load shedding, automated protective relays, GOOSE communications and more can improve energy resiliency.  Use of the noun resiliency, or resilience, has increased significantly in recent years. That's true in the mainstream media, and it's the case more … [Read more...]

Microgrid Development: Considering Power Generation Resources

microgrid development

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Frank Wolak, Vice President Sales - Americas at FuelCell Energy, discusses microgrid development and the importance of selecting the right primary power generation resource. The US Department of Energy defines the microgrid as ''a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within … [Read more...]

Three Grid Fixes to Keep the Lights On During Storms

grid fixes

Ronny Sandoval of the Environmental Defense Fund describes three grid fixes to help avoid the kind of power outages brought on by recent storms. Hint: Microgrids are among them. After a record-breaking hurricane season and catastrophic wildfires in California, the vulnerabilities of our electric system – and the urgent need to upgrade it – have … [Read more...]

Looking to Puerto Rico’s Long-term Power Needs

Puerto Rico's long-term power needs

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Troy Miller, director of grid solutions at S&C Electric Company, explores how microgrids could help solve Puerto Rico's long-term power needs.  Over the last few weeks, the state of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid has been on everyone’s mind in the power industry. Getting Puerto Rico back online … [Read more...]

Sonnen to Announce Microgrid for Housing Development in Australia

residential development microgrid

Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy describes plans for Sonnen's first residential development microgrid in Australia, similar to its project underway in Prescott, Arizona. German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a … [Read more...]

Planning for More Reliable Energy Solutions to Natural Disasters One Locale at a Time

reliable energy solutions

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid and renewable integration director for Siemens Energy Management, explores local, reliable energy solutions to natural disasters. The ability to island when the end-use client loses power is arguably the most common application for a microgrid. If microgrid controls could also … [Read more...]

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...]