Leveraging Wholesale Markets to Create the Affordable Microgrid

affordable microgrid

Microgrids are not just for reliability. They also are used to manage energy pricing through leveraging wholesale markets. We explain how in part five of this six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on reliability-as-a-service and the affordable microgrid.   Gas-fired microgrids offer operational flexibility that is crucial to … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

natural gas-fired microgrids

We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]

Reliability-as-a-Service: What is an Affordable Microgrid?

This is part three of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how the reliability-as-a-service model paves the way for microgrid installation without high upfront costs and development and operational … [Read more...]

What is the Value of Electric Reliability for Your Operation?

power outage costs

This is part two of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model. This post focuses on power outage costs and the monetary value of electric reliability. It is difficult to calculate what a power outage costs an economy or even an individual business. Losses tend to be … [Read more...]

The Commercial and Industrial Microgrid: A Growing Number of Corporations Going Green

commercial and industrial microgrid

Corporations install microgrids to achieve the dual goals of reducing costs and greening their operations, as explained in the fifth post from our series on clean energy microgrids. Here we focus on the commercial and industrial microgrid. A growing number of corporations are going green. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, nearly … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Increase Resiliency for Mission Critical Operations

military microgrids

This is the fourth post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on military microgrids and how this clean energy option can increase resiliency for mission critical operations. Mission critical is a phrase almost synonymous with military operations, and in an increasingly electrified world, critical missions cannot be accomplished … [Read more...]

The Cybersecurity Value of Microgrid Islanding

microgrid islanding

This is the third article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and the value of microgrid islanding.  The value of microgrids as a cybersecurity defensive measure begins with their unique ability to operate in two different modes: connected to the electric grid or islanded from it as a … [Read more...]

The University Microgrid: Why Clean Energy and Campuses are a Good Fit

university microgrid

This is the third post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on the university microgrid and why clean energy and campuses are a natural fit.  Colleges and universities were among the first institutions to embrace microgrids — and that’s not surprising considering how well the technology is suited to campuses. There are now university … [Read more...]

Grid Cyber Attacks: How is Our Electric System Vulnerable?

grid cyber attack

This is the second article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future. This post narrows in on grid cyber attacks and how our electric system is vulnerable.   The North American electric power grid has been described as a single enormous machine, one of the … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Microgrids for Hospitals Make Electricity More Reliable

Clean Energy Microgrids

This is the second post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on why clean energy microgrids for health care and hospitals make sense.   In most businesses, costs are a paramount concern. Hospitals are not most businesses. At a hospital, loss of electricity can lead to loss of life. So for hospitals, reliable electricity has a very … [Read more...]