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

What the $11B Hitachi/ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]

Why University & College Microgrids Make Financial Sense for Today’s Educational Institutions

Read the next article in our special report series on college microgrids. Learn how microgrids are becoming more affordable — and valuable — for today's educational institutions. And explore microgrids as revenue producers.  Microgrids can help campuses reduce peak demand charges, which for some institutions can be onerous, accounting for as … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Types Growing as Options for Critical Facilities to Avoid Outages

What is the potential of the healthcare and hospital microgrid? In the second entry of our new special report series on microgrids in hospitals, we take a look at the different types and microgrid options available to these critical facilities.   A microgrid is a simple concept. It is a small version of the electric power grid. From here, … [Read more...]

Democrats Introduce US Infrastructure Plan that Includes Support for Microgrids

Hoping to ensure that clean energy investment is a major part of any potential economic recovery package, Democrats in Congress recently introduced the Moving Forward Act — a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would boost renewable energy, grid modernization, resilience measures and microgrids. Microgrids receive particular attention in the … [Read more...]

Caribbean Ripe for DER and Microgrid Development but Needs Financial Boost

The Caribbean is ripe for microgrid development because of the challenges of hurricanes and COVID-19, but financial constraints are getting in the way. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is proposing some solutions. This year’s hurricane season is expected to be worse than usual, while the islans are still coming back from the impacts of … [Read more...]

How University Microgrids Give Campuses Intelligent Control of Energy Assets and Use

Read the next article in our special report series on university microgrids. What makes up a true microgrid? And how do microgrids protect campuses from outages, as well as optimize renewable energy? A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. voters by the Civil Society Institute found that most had never heard of the term microgrid, or they had heard of … [Read more...]

Calculating Costs: Is a Microgrid Cost-Effective for Your Facility?

Jack Griffin, vice president and general manager/Boston of SourceOne, a Veolia company, explains what to consider in calculating microgrid value. This interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, is the fourth and final article in our series, “Are Microgrids Expensive?” Are microgrids expensive? Jack Griffin: Yes, they … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Covid-19 Impact on Universities: Microgrids for Resilience, Cost Savings & Sustainability

Bill Kipnis, of the Siemens Building Performance & Sustainability Division, explores how university microgrids can ramp up resilience, cost savings and sustainability — all crucially important in navigating the COVID-19 impact on these institutions.  I recently moderated a higher education panel at Microgrid Knowledge’s Virtual Microgrid … [Read more...]

A Turning Point for Healthcare Microgrids as Hospitals Look to Boost Energy Resilience and Reliability

Healthcare microgrids are on the rise from California to New England, as medical facilities seek ways to boost energy reliability and efficiency. Here we describe what's driving the trend in the first entry of our new special report series on microgrids in hospitals.  Microgrids are one of the fastest growing sectors within the electric … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]