What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it's large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]

Mission to Care — Examples of Microgrids and Fuel Cells in Action at Hospitals

We complete our new special report series on energy opportunities in healthcare with examples of hospital microgrids that use fuel cells to lower costs, improve sustainability, and increase energy reliability. Hospitals must be built to provide a unique combination of durability and human service. They have to be rugged enough to run 24/7/365 … [Read more...]

Georgia Tech Installs 1.5 MW Data Center Microgrid

A team that includes utility Georgia Power has installed a 1.5 MW data center microgrid to serve the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. Located at ATL1, a DataBank data center, the microgrid uses natural gas and diesel generation, fuel cells, and battery energy storage. During power outages, the microgrid will act … [Read more...]

What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience

Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages. So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?  By the outage numbers, not far. … [Read more...]

The Possibilities for Healthcare Microgrid Business Models

In this new special report series, we explore the potential of microgrids in hospitals to prevent outages and downtime. Here we discuss microgrid business models that make it easier for healthcare facilities to move forward with projects. The growth of microgrids in recent years has brought with it advances in business models that make … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Bolster Public Health

Next up in this entry from our new special report series, we review why microgrids in hospitals may be a perfect fit — especially during COVID-19.    It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also vulnerable to the wide range of threats — floods, hurricanes, … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Installations Set Record in 2019: WoodMac Report

Last year brought the highest number of microgrid installations on record in the US, surpassing 500 systems, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released today. The “US microgrid Forecast H1 2020” also notes a shift in the type of projects being developed. New microgrids tend to be more modular — a trend advocated by the industry for years to … [Read more...]

SoCalGas Begins Operating Two Bloom Energy Microgrids

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has begun operating microgrids at two facilities in southern California using Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cells. The fuel cells in the microgrids will cut greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and power costs while boosting reliability, according to the companies. The SoCalGas microgrids come amid a … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Minimize Threats of Electrical Outages

We continue our new special report series on microgrids in healthcare. The next entry explores the benefits of microgrids in hospitals and how these systems can keep the lights on in these critical facilities.  It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also … [Read more...]