Microgrids and Electric Vehicles: How One Will Drive the Other

microgrids and electric vehicles

Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self illustrates the future of electrification by describing what it might be like in a coffee shop. Just as consumers today assume they will get Wi-Fi with their latte, those tomorrow might also expect some watts for the car. “You won’t need gas stations except to buy lottery tickets or get milk or beer. The cars … [Read more...]

Why Choose a Clean Energy Microgrid?

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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

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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...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

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Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017 Conference Nears Capacity following Historic Hurricane Season

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Still two weeks away, Microgrid 2017, the largest microgrid conference in the world, is nearly sold out as interest in microgrids heightens following a devastating hurricane season that left millions of North Americans without power. To be held Nov. 6-8 in Boston, the event is being hosted by Microgrid Knowledge, the International District … [Read more...]

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?

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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...]

What is it about Humboldt County and Microgrids?

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Take note of the microgrid activity in Humboldt County, California, where this week officials approved plans to seek state funding for an airport microgrid. Should the project come to fruition, it will be the community’s second microgrid. The first is the much-cited Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid, now in operation. Two microgrids might not … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

Alaska microgrid

The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

The Sky Fell in Puerto Rico. The Microgrid Argument is not Chicken Little

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Hurricane Maria showed that warnings about the vulnerabilities of centralized electric grids – and the need for microgrid development -- are not overstated. When the hurricane hit the U.S. territory on September 20, it knocked out power to 100 percent of 1.57 million accounts served by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the … [Read more...]