Snohomish County PUD Moves Forward on Microgrid

Construction has started on the next phase of a $12 million microgrid project being developed by Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington state. The Arlington microgrid is designed to provide grid resiliency while also integrating renewable energy, according to the Everett, Washington-based public power utility.  The microgrid … [Read more...]

Connecticut Supercharges Plan for World’s Largest Fuel Cell Microgrid at $1 Billion Data Center

Connecticut has supercharged development of a 20-MW fuel cell microgrid — part of a $1 billion data center project in New Britain — with a 10-year, $55.2 million sales and use tax exemption. EIP Investments intends to build a microgrid spanning 45,000 square-feet on the site of a shuttered Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing plant in … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids: Mitigating Risk While Increasing Performance

The new digital economy is changing the face of the data center industry. And the data centers of the future will likely look very different from facilities opened just a few years ago. Some of these changes involve using innovative energy technology, such as data center microgrids, to cut down on risk and improve efficiency and … [Read more...]

Power Reliability Worries Spur Data Centers and Other Businesses to Pursue Energy Alternatives: Survey

Worry is so high about power reliability that businesses are taking matters into their own hands, with data centers particularly active in seeking energy alternatives, according to an industry survey. Released last week for the first time in its entirety, “State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability,” analyzes results from a survey of … [Read more...]

Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids: The Russelectric Story

You might say the world’s just catching up to Russelectric. Long before microgrids were called microgrids, the Massachusetts-based company offered the technology. “We have been building microgrid and distributed energy controllers and systems for 50-60 years, they just weren't calling them that,” said John Stark, Russelectric’s marketing … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a … [Read more...]

Choosing the Type of Microgrid that is Right for Your Operation

So you’ve decided that your operation needs a microgrid. But what type of microgrid? Answering that question isn’t always easy because microgrids come in many different permutations, often customized to the business, factory, hospital, university, community or other operation they serve. But they do fall into certain broad categories, sliced … [Read more...]