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

Massachusetts Examines the Feasibility of Microgrid Projects

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Massachusetts continues to move forward evaluating the feasibility of 14 potential microgrids, all part of the state’s consideration into whether it will go totally green by 2035 while also phasing out fossil fuel usage by 2045.  "We love all the projects equally," says Ariel Horowitz, director of technology development and the one who … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

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Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Care: The Ins and Outs for a Lasting Energy System

Your microgrid is online. You learned a lot while building it. Now there’s more to learn about its maintenance. A new handbook from S&C Electric acts as a guide to the ins and outs of microgrid care for both day-to-day operations and long-term needs. Who’s in charge of operations and maintenance  If you haven’t identifed who’s responsible … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

distributed renewable energy

Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid: Understanding Your Microgrid Life Cycle & Design

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What exactly does building a microgrid entail? It's important to understand your microgrid life cycle and ideal design. This is challenging — but key. That's according to a new report from S&C Electric that details industry best practices and common mistakes in building a microgrid. The financial, resilience, and sustainability impact … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

history of microgrids

While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Is a Microgrid Right for You? A Modern Approach to Energy Challenges

choosing a microgrid

Microgrids are becoming more and more prevalent for good reason. Microgrid options act as modern approaches to solving multiple energy challenges. But choosing a microgrid can be difficult, and they are expensive; complex systems, and may require more time to engineer and install than other solutions. That's why a new handbook from S&C … [Read more...]

Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions

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Alaska’s challenges — cold weather and the high cost of delivered energy — are part of the reason the state is a model of innovative microgrid development, with the largest number of microgrids in the US, at 122. “This innovation flows from both the challenges associated with providing reliable electricity without the benefit of traditional … [Read more...]

Japanese Giant Sumitomo Enters US Microgrid Market with Investment in LO3

LO3 Energy

Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo has entered the US microgrid market with an investment in New York-based blockchain innovator LO3 Energy, a company perhaps best known for the Brooklyn Microgrid, a peer-to-peer energy trading experiment that has captured worldwide attention.   Sumitomo was one of two major investors to give new backing to LO3 this … [Read more...]

Microgrid at the Center of $630 Million London City Airport Expansion

London City airport microgrid

The London City Airport microgrid, now under development, will nearly double the size of the airport's electricity distribution infrastructure, from 3.6 MVA to 7 MVA, and help power a major airport expansion and upgrade. The microgrid is a critical element of the airport's broader $630.5 million City Airport Development Program, which … [Read more...]