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

Data Center Microgrids: Mitigating Risk While Increasing Performance

data center microgrids

The new digital economy is changing the face of the data center industry. And the data centers of the future will likely look very different from facilities opened just a few years ago. Some of these changes involve using innovative energy technology, such as data center microgrids, to cut down on risk and improve efficiency and … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

renewable bio gas

Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

Is Stock Performance Tied to Grid Reliability?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores whether stock performance is directly tied to grid reliability.  During tax season, Americans tend to evaluate the performance of their investments to verify whether they are investing correctly. It’s also a good time to look at how the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Engineering Becoming a Macro-Profession

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Doug Jones, of POWER Engineers, discusses how microgrid engineering is becoming a macro-profession.  I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague about our work with microgrid engineering projects. A common theme emerged: Many of the bad experiences involved a lack of cross-discipline … [Read more...]

Tax Law, Equipment Leasing and Microgrid Finance

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Equipment lease financing is now being used to create a low-cost path to microgrid ownership. But getting there takes an experienced, insider's knowledge of energy tax rules and regulations. It's those attributes that best distinguish CleanView Capital, according to founder and Managing Partner Stanley Fishbein, a tax attorney with 35 years of … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

energy storage

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Launches Transportable Solar Microgrid Product

solar microgrid

Schneider Electric today launched a new industrial-class solar microgrid, a containerized, transportable plug & play, transportable unit. Called Villaya, the microgrid was unveiled at the 2018 Schneider Electric Annual Innovation Summit in Paris, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors. Schneider describes the new solar microgrid as … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

utility microgrids

It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [Read more...]

Engie and Axium Acquire Microgrid and District Energy System in Boston

microgrid and district energy system

Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have completed the acquisition of a microgrid and district energy system serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in Massachusetts. Operating jointly as Longwood Energy Partners, the companies purchased the energy system from Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture of Morgan Stanley … [Read more...]

CHP Tax Credit Likely to Boost Microgrid Market

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The microgrid market stands to get a boost from the recent extension of a federal tax credit for combined heat and power (CHP), often a key element of microgrids. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, reinstated the 10 percent tax credit (ITC) for CHP technologies. Project developers can use the credit for projects that … [Read more...]