Choosing the Right Resources for Your Microgrid

What must you consider in choosing the right resources for your microgrid? What role might renewable energy, fossil fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and electric vehicles play? What is the upside and downside of each? Microgrid Knowledge asked experts at Microgrid 2021 to weigh in on these questions in a series of interviews. Below Ethan … [Read more...]

Microgrids – Integral to Meeting Climate and ESG Goals

Michael Boswell of Concord Engineering explores how microgrids can help organizations meet their climate and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals. Decentralized renewable energy technologies, bundled and operated as a microgrid, provide the opportunity and the means for accelerating sustainable energy solutions and … [Read more...]

Leading Microgrid Companies Launch Coalition to Encourage Pro-Microgrid Government Policy

Government policy and energy markets are inextricably intertwined in the United States. Policy and regulation drive (or hamper) growth in energy markets. At the same time, energy technologies increasingly shape climate and infrastructure planning in cities, states and the nation. For these reasons, it’s significant that a dozen leading microgrid … [Read more...]

Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

Concord Engineering CEO Talks New Solar PV Development and EPC Business

Michael Fischette, founder and CEO of Concord Engineering, discusses the microgrid business and what customers seek, in a video interview during Microgrid 2020. Fischette, who launched Concord Engineering in 1989, explained that the company helps “just about everyone in the microgrid space." Concord is made up of three parts: an engineering … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Developing a Greener Resilient Microgrid: Not Impossible, but Difficult

The industry is trying to create a greener resilient microgrid, but it's not easy, as Concord Engineering's Michael Boswell explains. Solar has been and continues to be an anchor renewable energy distributed energy resource (DER) for microgrids. But the shortcomings of photovoltaic (PV) solar as a DER that actually contributes to resiliency … [Read more...]

Microgrid Leaders Issue Call to Action: Time to Level the Playing Field

Opportunities abound for microgrids in the US. But development lags frustrate microgrid adoption. As a result, too many businesses and communities continue to struggle — unnecessarily — with power outages. What’s the problem and what can the microgrid community do to overcome it? Since people often leave conferences inspired, but not … [Read more...]

Key Players Shed Light on Why the Microgrid Market is Growing

Natural disasters, the pandemic, new business models and state policies drive the microgrid market forward, while regulatory hurdles hold it back, say industry players who will be speaking November 17-19 at Microgrid 2020 Global. The natural disasters spurring microgrid growth include hurricanes and wildfires. In some cases, the wildfires … [Read more...]

Novel Waste-to-Energy Microgrid Aims to Provide Resilience in Camden, New Jersey

The partners proposing a novel waste-to-energy microgrid for Camden, New Jersey aim to provide resilience to a water processing facility, the city and county and local businesses. Sponsored by the city of Camden, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), which operates the water processing facility, and the Camden County … [Read more...]