Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge announces finalists for 2022 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the eight finalists for this year’s Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the eight finalists, four winners will be selected and announced at Microgrid 2022, which will be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now in its fourth year, the Microgrid Greater Good Awards celebrate microgrids that … [Read more...]

Texas water utility selects Enchanted Rock to provide microgrid

The West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) in Texas has selected Texas-based Enchanted Rock to provide a 20 MW microgrid to support two critical water pump stations. The microgrid will be installed under Enchanted Rock's integrated Resiliency on Call (iROC) service. With this business model, Enchanted Rock operates and … [Read more...]

Take our utility survey — you’ll be eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]

Despite challenges, Duke and Honeywell pursue community microgrids in a big way

The challenges of developing community microgrids can be daunting despite their benefits. Sometimes it's hard to engage the community in the idea. Other times, the community is interested but opposes the project if it includes fossil fuel generation. Funding issues stymie some as they struggle with how to express the financial value of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: What’s the single statistic microgrid customers need to understand?

In this 10-minute Microgrid Talk interview, our experts answer the question: "What energy statistic do you wish microgrid customers better understood?" This is the first of three interviews in our "Microgrid Truths, Lucky Truths and Statistics" series. (Yes, we are flipping around Mark Twains' words: "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." — Elisa … [Read more...]

Entergy’s ‘Power Through’ offers a formula to settle who pays for microgrids

Deciding who pays for microgrids that benefit some utility customers more than others — as well as the utility — is a thorny topic. Should these microgrids be rate-based, and if so, should the total cost be rate-based? What’s the value of resiliency-as-a-service to individual customers and the utility as a whole? Some argue that customers … [Read more...]

Microgrid controllers are the next step to a resilient renewable grid

A new white paper from PXiSE explores six ways in which microgrid controllers can solve common challenges that the modern renewable grid faces with the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). In this new white paper from PXiSE, the company explains how microgrid controllers can help utilities manage the challenges they face while … [Read more...]

5 reasons why microgrids are worth it to utilities

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five key benefits utilities can unlock through the use of decentralized microgrids. After decades of pursuing “central station power” and “radial feed” distribution circuit grid design philosophies, the concept of utilities placing quasi-autonomous subsections of … [Read more...]