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

When the Reason for Microgrids Comes in a Flash

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Sometimes the reason for microgrids is so obvious it comes like a big blue flash in the sky. Such was the case in late December when Consolidated Edison’s system malfunctioned causing a gas flare that had some New Yorkers looking to the skies and wondering if space aliens had come to Queens. It took an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to … [Read more...]

How to Get Started on Your Microgrid Project

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Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, describes the process of getting started on your microgrid project. I am just returning from a microgrid leadership workshop that was hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, known by many as NREL, where one of the topics of discussion regarded how to help clients to get … [Read more...]

Securing Microgrid Benefits without the Risk

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Fear of risk deters companies, institutions and communities from pursuing microgrids. In this excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric we examine how the EaaS model secures microgrid benefits without the inherent financial, developmental and ownership risk.  It’s clear that microgrids need an ‘easy … [Read more...]

ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund

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ABB, a global technology company that specializes in power and automation, plans to boost energy storage and microgrid installations with a $113 million fund provided by Susi Partners, a clean energy infrastructure investment advisor. Under an agreement between the two companies, ABB will provide its ABB Ability-based microgrid technology … [Read more...]

Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate One Solution to World’s Waste Problem

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The much-watched microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. Initially funded by $20 million from Congress, the San Diego, California microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under … [Read more...]

How to Improve Energy Management of Your Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility

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Mike Byrnes, chief operating officer of Veolia North America, discusses how to improve energy efficiency and resiliency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and access new revenue streams at water and wastewater treatment facilities. Reliable and cost effective energy supply and usage is a significant economic driver for local governments and … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Innovation in US Infrastructure: A Digitized Future is Upon Us

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Mark Feasel of Schneider Electric looks at the Port of Long Beach in California as a model for how we can modernize infrastructure. Despite its position as a world power, the US infrastructure ranks behind that of most other advanced nations.  Today, the US spends less on infrastructure as a percentage of GDP than at any time in the past … [Read more...]

Microgrid Drivers and Obstructions: What’s Moving the Dial on the Market?

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model that simplifies microgrid development and ownership for organizations.  This excerpt explores microgrid drivers, as well as the biggest challenges and obstructions to microgrids.  Several compelling arguments exist to install a … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy: How Customers Can Get Full Value

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How can energy customers get the full value from their microgrids and distributed energy resources? One approach is asset-backed demand response, explained in this final excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy  A push-and-pull between government energy policy and technological evolution helped promote today’s … [Read more...]