The Data Center and the Environment — We Can All Get Along

This special report series on the growing role of data center microgrids in the colocation and big data industry, kicks off with an entry that explores the juxtaposition of the data center and the environment.  Today, the data center industry consumes about as much power as the entire global airline industry. And, based on research from the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy: How Should the Industry Proceed in Light of Covid-19?

Energy leaders yesterday offered insight into how the microgrid industry can secure its place at the table as US policymakers attempt to move the nation toward economic recovery. The discussion took place during the opening day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference, a three-day event that has drawn several thousand participants. “Our … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid Shows Future of Humanitarian Aid, Powers COVID Clinic for Asylum Seekers at Mexican Border

The solar microgrid now powering a COVID-19 clinic for a camp of about 3,000 asylum seekers in Mexico began with an Instagram post. In April, Will Heegaard, director at Footprint Project, which focuses on providing clean energy in disaster areas, was keeping on eye on Instagram posts in high-risk areas. He saw a post by Global Response … [Read more...]

What’s the Ideal Way for the Microgrid Industry to Come Back from COVID-19?

Clean energy advocates are floating a range of ideas to stimluate post COVID-19 microgrid growth — from tax credits to relief funds to support for electrification of rural hospitals. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and Alliance for Rural Electrification … [Read more...]

Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

Deadline Feb. 15 for Microgrid Greater Good Award Submissions

The deadline — February 15 — is fast approaching to nominate projects for the Microgrid Greater Good Awards. The winners will be announced at Microgrid 2020, which will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that fill a clear societal need and bolster the case that microgrids … [Read more...]

What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2020 Now Accepting Applications for Speakers

Microgrid Knowledge today announced that the Microgrid 2020 call for speakers is now open with submissions due Jan. 15, 2020. "Microgrid 2020: Distributed Energy and World Electrification" will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa. “We will focus on microgrids, nanogrids, virtual power plants and related advanced distributed energy … [Read more...]

More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]