News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

What The Schneider/Autogrid Deal Signals about the Future of Microgrids

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Schneider Electric’s recent decision to take a stake in Autogrid hints at the future relationship between utilities and microgrids as data exchange grows in sophistication. A global energy leader in energy management and automation, Schneider is a strong player in both microgrids and the utility market. Autogrid, a California energy software … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources to Grow 15.9% CAGR

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Basic economics, local electricity prices and government incentives are driving the growth of distributed energy resources, including microgrids and solar-plus-storage, at a rapid clip, according to new findings by Navigant Research. On site power generation, battery storage and microgrids have emerged as a way to to increase the use of … [Read more...]

Ameresco Explores the Benefits of Green Campus Microgrids

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president, Ameresco, describes the benefits of green campus microgrids. Such projects help campuses reach sustainability markers, as well as economic goals when they are financed through energy performance contracts. In addition, campus microgrids can serve as learning labs that give graduating students a leg up in the … [Read more...]

What are Non-Wires Alternatives?

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Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional 'wires and poles' infrastructure. When utilities choose non-wires alternatives, they often save ratepayers money by avoiding investments in costly infrastructure. By utilizing distributed energy resources (DER) at … [Read more...]

S&C Electric VP on Non-Wires Alternatives: Faster, Better, Cheaper

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Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, defines the term 'non-wires alternatives' and gives examples of how microgrids can provide these alternatives to traditional investments in wires and the transmission grid during an interview with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid … [Read more...]

Here Comes the World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant — And it’s Behind the Meter

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Japan is taking a leap ahead of the rest of the world, with the help of California company Autogrid, in developing what's described as the largest behind-the-meter (BTM) virtual power plant. The project will aggregate 10,000 distributed energy assets which, as one resource, will sell power into the nation’s wholesale energy market, still … [Read more...]

Ameresco’s Parris Island Military Microgrid Goes Live

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Another military microgrid is now live, this one a 10-MW Ameresco project at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which features energy efficiency and renewables, is designed to withstand storms and earthquakes. The US military was an early leader in microgrid development and … [Read more...]

Go Electric Acquired by Subsidiary of Total

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A subsidiary of global energy company Total has acquired Go Electric, marking the latest assimilation of a small US based microgrid company by a large energy player in the fast growing space. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Saft, a multinational battery energy storage company owned by Total. Saft will acquire all … [Read more...]

Siemens Highlights the Value of DERMS to Utilities and Communities

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Sacha Fontaine, energy solutions director at Siemens, defines distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and explains the value of DERMS to a utility or community. He also highlights the company's projects in Puerto Rico and Illinois in an interview at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge's editor in … [Read more...]

Leveraging Federal Microgrids to Provide Community-Scale Resiliency Benefits

Nicole Bulgarino of Ameresco explores the benefits of federal microgrids, and how they have the potential to enhance resiliency for the broader communities surrounding federal facilities. The federal government has been at the forefront of distributed energy for the last decade, supported by executive orders and Department of Defense (DoD) … [Read more...]