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

Duke Energy Proposes New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

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Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Wins $5.2M Deal to Build a Microgrid at California’s Port of Long Beach

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Schneider Electric has won a $5.2 million contract to provide a microgrid for the nation’s second busiest port, the Port of Long Beach in the city of Long Beach, California. One of the giants in the microgrid arena, Schneider will design, engineer and build the $7.1 million project. Part of the funding -- $5 million -- comes from a … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters

energy resiliency

Veolia's Mike Byrnes discusses the importance of turning hindsight into foresight by planning and implementing energy resiliency ahead of the next natural disaster. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently, more severely, and impacting inland as well as coastal communities. Hurricane Florence is just the latest example.  A well … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

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Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]

Farewell to “If You’ve Seen One Microgrid, You’ve Seen One Microgrid”

modular microgrid

Some quotes become sticky. Such is the case with: “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.” Not long after S&C Electric’s David Chiesa coined the phrase about five years ago, it became something of a mantra at industry conferences and discussions. The converse of “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all,” it was … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrid Market Gets Even More Interesting with Siemens Plan to Acquire Russelectric

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Global energy technology giant Siemens plans to acquire Massachusetts-based Russelectric, a move likely to strengthen Siemens position in state’s increasingly fertile microgrid market. Russelectric manufactures power control systems and made a splash in the microgrid arena last year with the opening of a sophisticated microgrid demonstration … [Read more...]

Private Funding Strategies Streamline Path to Sustainable, Local Economic Success through Energy-as-a-Service

private funding strategies

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores what DEN calls the "community resilience imperative," and how innovative private funding strategies are streamlining the path to sustainable, local economic success through energy-as-a-service.  The central goal of both public and … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Rolls-Royce of Microgrids. Literally.

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Yet another global name is expanding its microgrid play -- Rolls-Royce -- with yesterday's announcement that it has taken a stake in an energy storage and controls startup and will now offer turnkey microgrids. The transportation and power technology company will add batteries, controls and renewables to its microgrid line following its investment … [Read more...]

Schneider Fund “Pre-Seeds” Off-Grid Microgrid Tech Developer

off-grid microgrid

Schneider Electric’s impact investing arm recently led a “pre-seed” funding round that paves the way for Australia startup Okra Solar to expand its off-grid microgrid product into Southeast Asia. Okra Solar offers the Okra Pod -- a systems controller that creates modular microgrids by networking and balancing rooftop solar PV and battery energy … [Read more...]

Nature Offers Real-Life Drama During Microgrid Tour in Wisconsin

microgrid tour

Nature decided to upstage the rest of the presenters during a microgrid tour last week at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin. A massive thunderstorm hit on September 17 as about 75 members of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) toured the new 18,000 square-foot green building, served by the … [Read more...]