Microgrid Developer Finds Fertile Ground in the Texas Electricity Market

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Texas is giving rise to innovative microgrid projects as developers leverage opportunity in a state that produces more electricity than any other. A case in point is Electrical Midstream, one of the 12 microgrid developers selected to participate in the Microgrid Financing Connection program, launched at the Microgrid 2018 conference to help … [Read more...]

Younicos Becomes Latest Company to Offer Microgrid-as-a-Service

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The microgrid-as-a-service model continues to gain traction, now with German-based Younicos and its parent Aggreko moving into the space. Approaches vary, but generally microgrid-as-a-service spares the customer from making an upfront capital outlay for the system. Instead, a third-party owns the microgrid and sells service to the customer, … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Model Offers Path to Microgrids with Less Risk

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Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, discusses energy-as-service with Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric's vice president of utility and smart grid; Andrew Marino, managing director at The Carlyle Group; and Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN). The interview took place at Microgrid 2018. Schneider Electric, DEN, and … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

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New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids

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Juhl Energy has built its business around developing, owning and operating utility-scale wind. But market conditions have changed, and now the Minnesota company is expanding its reach, including into microgrid finance. Unregulated subsidiaries of large utilities have come to dominate utility-scale wind power in the US. That prompted Juhl … [Read more...]

Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

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As energy insiders gathered in Chicago last week at Microgrid 2018, three events unfolded that signal how microgrid growth may take shape in the coming months and years. The first is the accession of microgrid champion Anne Pramaggiore to CEO of Exelon Utilities, one of the largest utilities in the US. The second was an entrance of an oil … [Read more...]

Reliability-as-a-Service: What is an Affordable Microgrid?

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This is part three of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how the reliability-as-a-service model paves the way for microgrid installation without high upfront costs and development and operational … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Biggest Stumbling Block to Microgrids? “We’ve Always Done it that Way”

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What is the biggest stumbling block to microgrids? It’s no longer cost or financing or technology. Instead, the problem is more human centric: Fear of change. That’s one of the insights Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self offered in an interview leading up to Microgrid 2018, underway this week in Chicago. Self, senior vice president strategy, … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

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In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]