A Florida neighborhood tries out a microgrid like no other

The word "unique" gets attached to so many energy projects, it hardly has meaning anymore. But a new microgrid now operating near Tampa, Florida, lives up to the billing because of the technology it uses, the customers it serves, and the cost recovery structure it employs. Located in the Southshore Bay housing development in Hillsborough … [Read more...]

Siemens executive explains why the future grid will be sectionalized and what that means to microgrids

In a prequel to Microgrid 2022, David Fox, vice president of sales at Siemens Grid Software US, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge to discuss how sectionalizing will be a key component of the future grid. https://vimeo.com/711780427 We often think the grid is one big entity, but, in fact, utilities can turn parts off and on, allowing them to … [Read more...]

Microgrids drive a net-zero future for electrified fleets

As more fleets convert to electric vehicles, infrastructures and internal systems must be digitized and energy needs to include sustainable resources. Don Wingate, vice president of utility and microgrid solutions North America operations at Schneider Electric, discusses what digitization and electrification mean for fleets and where microgrids fit … [Read more...]

5 strategies to reduce microgrid costs from the experts

To cut microgrid costs, industry experts offer five strategies: optimize the energy resources to ensure they provide the most benefits, consider cost- and time-saving design tweaks, avoid overengineering, take advantage of standard packages and look into financing that involves no upfront costs. Patrick Lee, president and CEO of PXiSE Energy … [Read more...]

Why the power industry is jittery about the US electric grid this summer

Summer is always a jittery time for the power industry — the electric grid doesn’t like extreme heat. It likes hurricanes even less. But nervousness appears to be running higher than usual — and for good reason. Jim Robb, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. summed it up well in the organization’s quarterly … [Read more...]

From the cacophony of on-site energy supply and demand, new control systems and hardware solutions conduct a beautiful symphony in advanced microgrids

John Stark, marcom and product manager at Russelectric, discusses how advanced microgrid controls guide a symphony of advanced microgrids, just like a conductor guides an orchestra. When Russelectric, a Siemens business, first started working on the graphic seen below to help customers understand how advanced microgrid controls can empower … [Read more...]

Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

Biden administration marries transmission and microgrid funding in $2.5 billion program

The Biden administration yesterday took the first step to allot $2.5 billion to increase transmission capacity and build microgrids in certain locations. With the release of a request for information, the administration kicked off a process to fund new or improved transmission line projects that offer 500 MW to 1,000 MW of capacity and build … [Read more...]

A solar microgrid changes the lives of Puerto Ricans struggling without power and water

It’s unusual for solar microgrids to spark tears of happiness. But that’s what happened in a small mountain community in Puerto Rico. Even before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the community of La Montana — located in the mountains within the town of Yauco — didn’t have grid power because of its remote location and rough terrain. And after … [Read more...]

Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]