How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [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...]

Microgrid 2017: ComEd CEO Sees Microgrids Emerging as “Defining Infrastructure”

microgrid 2017

Microgrids offer answers to some of the most important questions facing the electric industry as it undergoes a technological tsunami, said Microgrid 2017 keynote speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. Held in Boston, the Nov. 6-8 event attracted more than 460 participants, making it the largest … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Announces Microgrid 2018, May 7-9 in Chicago

Microgrid 2018

With Microgrid 2017 sold out, Microgrid Knowledge today announced that registration is now open for its next conference, Microgrid 2018 to be held May 7-9 in Chicago. “Microgrid 2018: Markets and Models for the Greater Good” will explore the essential need for microgrids in today’s electricity-dependent society. Word of the next event came as … [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...]

Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

resilient grid

A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market: Industry Players Analyze What’s Needed Next to Spur Growth

microgrid market

The microgrid market is growing and evolving, but new regulations and policies are needed to ensure it thrives, according to top industry players. Says Greg Clark, senior project manager, Power Engineers, “We believe the microgrid market is in a state of transition: from a specialized niche market of emergency power systems dedicated to mission … [Read more...]

Why Choose a Clean Energy Microgrid?

clean energy microgrid

This is the first article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why the clean energy microgrid makes sense for hospitals, higher education, business, military and government.  Interest is rising in the clean energy microgrid, especially within healthcare, higher education, government and business. What’s the attraction? All … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

islanded microgrid

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [Read more...]

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?

electric resilience

Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to … [Read more...]