Building a Microgrid that Stands its Ground in the Storm-tossed Caribbean

The Caribbean islands, especially the northern islands that include The Bahamas, are often hit hard by hurricanes and storms that can knock out power and cut off essential services. As a result, the region — slammed by Hurricanes Doria, Maria and Irma — is ripe for microgrid development. This is especially true since many of the islands rely … [Read more...]

What’s Driving the Increasing Use of Microgrids in Manufacturing?

More manufacturing companies are gaining interest in deploying microgrids to help them operate through power outages and serve as community stewards. In the past, industries were looking for on-site generation, often through combined heat and power (CHP). These include companies such as food and beverage manufacturers, refineries and tire … [Read more...]

Asking All the Questions You Can Ask about a Microgrid via Georgia Tech Project

A partnership between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Power, a Southern Company utility, aims to study “all the questions you can ask about a microgrid” through the 1.4-MW Tech Square Microgrid, a behind-the-meter demonstration project in midtown Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus. Owned by Georgia Power, the Tech Square … [Read more...]

How Are California’s PSPS Policies Failing to Stem Fire Damage? SimpliPhi Power Explains

Catherine Von Burg, CEO and president of SimpliPhi Power, provides hard facts to demonstrate how California PSPS  — public safety power shutoffs — don’t go far enough to keep people safe during wildfire season. “In California, PSPS are being marketed as a way to keep the public safe by shutting off the power to prevent forest fires,” said Von … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Has Evolved to Benefit Businesses and Homeowners

In the latest edition of the Microgrid Knowledge Executive Interview series, Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America for Schneider Electric, offers insight into new changes in microgrids for businesses and homeowners. Many people aren’t aware of just how much the microgrid industry has evolved in ways that benefit users of the … [Read more...]

Microgrids Protect Essential Water Services for California Residents During Outages

Communities can live without power, but they can’t survive without water. That’s  one of the reasons the Ventura County Public Works Agency's water and sanitation department in California is planning a microgrid at its Moorpark Water Reclamation Facility, which serves low-income residents. Microgrid provider PowerFlex is financing and … [Read more...]

What Do Customers Want from Microgrids?

Customers generally are looking for three things from microgrids: resiliency, cost savings and sustainability. After the Texas storm in February that crippled the state’s power system, potential customers became more aware of microgrids’ ability to operate through power outages. They also became more attuned to the problems associated with … [Read more...]

How Rural Electric Cooperatives Can Power Through California Outages with Microgrids

Rural electric cooperatives often don’t own their own power resources and usually rely on other utilities’ lines for importing power, which can create challenges during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) or grid outages. Microgrids can help solve these problems. Take, for example, Anza Electric Cooperative, which is located in a high … [Read more...]

Carbon-Cutting Floating Wind Generators Power Microgrids for Oil and Gas Rigs

When oil and gas companies are looking for microgrids to power their offshore rigs, offshore wind has generally not been a technology of choice. Traditionally, oil and gas installations have used gas turbine generators to generate the electric power needed to run their drilling operations, which require several hundred megawatts for heating, … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]