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How to implement healthcare microgrids in California

A new white paper from the Hospital Building Safety Board - Energy Conservation and Management Committee explores how healthcare microgrids can help California hospitals address the challenges of climate change and better utilize renewable energy resources. As California hospitals face ongoing challenges stemming from public safety power … [Read more...]

With new tax credits just a pen swipe away, what will change for microgrids?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US House. President Joe Biden said he expects to sign the $430 million bill into law this week, which the House approved 220 to 207 following a 51-50 approval by the Senate on Aug. 7.  By creating new tax credits and … [Read more...]

5 reasons to worry about the state of the grid: NERC report

For those wondering why microgrid use is growing, a new report on the state of the grid by the North American Energy Reliability Corp. (NERC) might offer some insight. The report, “2022 State of Reliability,” doesn’t talk about microgrids, but it does describe grid vulnerabilities that are jeopardizing electric reliability. Concern about the … [Read more...]

Piller Power executive: Reliability drives microgrid adoption in new sectors

In an interview with Elisa Wood during Microgrid 2022, Dean Richards, president and CEO of Piller Power Systems, explains why microgrids and the reliability they provide are becoming increasingly important to a growing number of industries. https://vimeo.com/722618394 Energy independence is one of the primary reasons that a growing number of … [Read more...]

Case study: How PXiSE’s microgrid controller optimizes Martha’s Vineyard microgrid

When vacationers leave the big city behind for a serene seaside retreat like Martha’s Vineyard, they’re often looking for an escape from the noise and air pollution that go along with city life. This was one of the motivations behind the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority's (VTA) goal to switch to an all-electric bus fleet to serve the island. But … [Read more...]

How to succeed as a microgrid startup: Xendee’s story

Xendee, which develops microgrid decision support software, reached its four-year anniversary this month and with it came the brass ring so many microgrid startups seek — its Series A financing. I spoke with Adib Naslé, CEO and co-founder of Xendee, who described the journey and offered insight into how to position a startup on the right … [Read more...]

Two pitfalls to avoid when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid

Colin MacKenzie, principal consultant at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains two of the key questions to ask when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid. The need for a resilient source of power is becoming increasingly important for industrial facilities. As they face growing threats from wildfires, natural disasters and a host of … [Read more...]

Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Benefits of sectionalizing the power grid: Webinar June 16

Microgrids are a promising solution because of their ability to disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. This can help the grid recover more quickly after a disruption from severe weather events or natural disasters. One hurdle slowing the widespread adoption of microgrids is the cost of deployment, but the concept of … [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...]