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

Energy Impact Partners Latest Bet on the Grid of the Future: EV Charging

Energy Impact Partners

Energy Impact Partners, a coalition of utility investors, is continuing its bet on the grid of the future, this time backing an electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Greenlots. The strategic investment group, whose partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and other utilities, announced today that it has made a “significant … [Read more...]

Lucky Nine for Public Purpose Microgrid in Montclair, New Jersey

public purpose microgrid

With microgrid technology becoming more robust, and component prices dropping, it's not surprising to see a public purpose microgrid hit the ‘lucky nine.’ Nine-year payback, that is. The Montclair Township microgrid project is the case in point. With microgrid energy savings projected at about $1.2 million annually, the project's payback … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

redefining microgrid

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Perks of the No Money Down Microgrid for Healthcare Facilities

healthcare microgrid

Too many hospitals are unaware that they do not need to dive into their capital to install a healthcare microgrid, as we explain in the fifth article in our series on the healthcare microgrid. Given today’s uncertainties about healthcare policy in the United States, hospitals are understandably wary of making large capital investments. And … [Read more...]

What Does the Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Mean for Microgrid Development?

microgrid development

California lawmakers voted this week to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to 2030, a move expected to boost microgrid development, especially when coupled with other climate plays. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation won passage by a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and the Senate. By itself the extension isn't expected to … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization Slow in Massachusetts: Where are the Microgrids?

grid modernization

Massachusetts is coming up short in its five-year grid modernization effort, according to several stakeholder groups who recently filed comments on utility plans being reviewed by state regulators. At issue is the lack of innovation and vision by Massachusetts utilities, which some critics say will impede the state’s ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

microgrid implementations

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

power resiliency

There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017 Continues to Grow, Secures Top Tier Speakers

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017 continues to grow with 60 panelists and speakers, in-depth workshops, on-stage interviews, lively discussions and extensive networking opportunities planned for the Nov. 6-8 event. "We will leverage our Boston location to showcase multiple mission-critical microgrids providing services to world-class companies and institutions … [Read more...]

Shell to Install Microgrid at its Houston Technology Center

microgrid for shell

Black & Veatch has been awarded a contract to build a microgrid for Shell International Exploration & Production Company in Houston. The microgrid will use solar photovoltaics and a natural gas reciprocating engine, along with an advanced battery storage system. The microgrid will be located at the Shell Technology Center Houston … [Read more...]