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Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Microgrids?

Microgrids can improve energy reliability, help facilities achieve sustainability goals and lower their electricity costs. So why aren't there more microgrids? A panel of energy experts took on this question May 13 during the second day of Microgrid 2021. The panelists, from companies and organizations that develop, engineer and advocate … [Read more...]

Maryland County Taps AlphaStruxure for Electric Bus Microgrid

Montgomery County, Maryland, selected AlphaStruxure — a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group — to build a bus depot microgrid that will include electric bus chargers. The 4-MW project for the county outside of Washington, D.C., uses an energy-as-a-service model that doesn’t require upfront payments from the … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2021 Kicks Off with Expert Panel on Why Today’s Grid Makes Microgrids Necessary

Increasingly, the electric grid’s shortcomings are affecting businesses and other institutions, whether from power outages, rising costs or preferences for how electricity is made, according to a panel of microgrid experts who spoke today at Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, an eight-day virtual conference hosted by Microgrid … [Read more...]

Renewable Microgrids, Distributed Power, Inverters and the Grid

A new white paper from Go Electric explores how a synchronous inverter can help the nation's electrical infrastructure accept power from a variety of inputs including distributed generation, smart grid initiatives and renewable microgrids. According to the authors, renewable energy sources typically produce less power in a more uncontrolled … [Read more...]

Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]

Grid Optimization and Resilience with Dynamic Grid Modeling

A new white paper from Veritone explains how Cooperative Distributed Inferencing (CDI) technology delivers cost-effective resilience and grid optimization through real-time dynamic grid modeling. Today's electrical grids are dynamic and unpredictable. Extreme weather, natural disasters, fluctuating power and unpredictable green energy … [Read more...]

International Partners Pursue AI-Based Microgrid Research at Saltwater Pumping Facility

An unusual group of partners from the Republic of Korea and Hawaii are conducting microgrid research at a saltwater pumping facility in Hawaii, with a goal of using artificial intelligence (AI) to help boost the efficiency of the existing power system by 30% when it is off-grid because of utility outages. The project, expected to be … [Read more...]

The Top Microgrid Misconceptions Debunked

Microgrids are too expensive, the renewable energy component is not dependable and microgrids are no better than backup generators. These are the top three microgrid misconceptions that prevent businesses from installing microgrids, say providers of the technology. In addition, customers mistakenly believe that the technology is immature and … [Read more...]