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

With a leadership change at its microgrid helm, what’s next for Schneider?

Schneider Electric is one of the biggest and most influential players in the microgrid market. Mark Feasel, the person who guided the company’s rise in microgrids, departed the company last month, leaving people asking, "What’s next for Schneider?" The answer is Jana Gerber, who became president of the company’s North American microgrid … [Read more...]

Russia doesn’t know it, but it just made a strong case for local energy

The worldwide headline today is that Russia is cutting natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria unless they pay in rubles, making energy, in essence, a weapon of war. European leaders described Russia's move as blackmail to undercut their support of Ukraine. Russia's actions make real the longtime worry that European countries are too … [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...]

Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

Mark Feasel exits Schneider to join FuelCell Energy

Mark Feasel, a well-known figure in the microgrid industry who has guided Schneider Electric’s rise in the microgrid market, has taken a new position with FuelCell Energy. Feasel will serve as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, a position previously held by FuelCell Energy’s president and CEO, Jason Few. Feasel will … [Read more...]

Achieving true energy independence with your next microgrid

Hanan Fishman of Alencon Systems explains why real energy independence means knowing the origin of the equipment in your microgrid. There are several cliches that seek to define power. Money is power. Knowledge is power. Votes are power. In the sense of physics, there is only one equation that matters and that is power over time is energy. … [Read more...]

Optimal dispatch microgrid control strategies deliver results

A new white paper from Eaton explores how commercial and industrial (C&I) establishments can reach their economic, resilience and sustainability objectives through the use of optimal dispatch (OD) microgrid control strategies. According to a new white paper from Eaton, "A microgrid installation helps C&I establishments reduce their … [Read more...]

The connection between food, energy, war and microgrids

Food and energy are two closely linked commodities as recent price spikes make the world painfully aware.  In February, food made its highest 12-month price jump in 40 years. Meanwhile, energy prices rose more than any other commodity last year — before the Ukraine war — and continued to go up in 2022.  The war is prohibiting Ukraine, the … [Read more...]

An English muffin with a side of sustainability: National bakery goes microgrid

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investments are reaching record levels and driving up demand for clean energy as businesses strive to achieve sustainability goals. Where microgrids will fit into this trend remains an open question. But a major US bakery company is offering a model. Bimbo Bakeries USA, the maker of such … [Read more...]