Why We Need Renewable Natural Gas

Joseph Sullivan, Concord Engineering's vice president of energy policy and development, explores the importance of renewable natural gas in today's energy markets, as well as potential sources and recent RNG legislation and regulation moves.  The organized environmental community has abandoned their previous position that natural gas is … [Read more...]

ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

Using the Value of Resiliency to Support Financing a Multi-DER Microgrid

Concord Engineering VP Michael Boswell explores the potential of the multi-DER microgrid, and the financing options making this strategy a viable option for today's energy needs.  Stepping into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine from Rocky and Bullwinkle and then stepping out in the not too distant past, there was a time when PV Solar projects … [Read more...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Costs?

Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [Read more...]

What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2019 — Most Read Guest Articles

Have we fully explored the potential of community microgrids? What does California's changing energy landscape mean for microgrids and the energy industry? How should you get started on your next microgrid project? These are just a few questions explored in the most popular Industry Perspective columns on Microgrid Knowledge in 2019. These … [Read more...]

Concord Engineering CEO Says Future Microgrid Market Depends on “Four Headed Dragon”

Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, says the industry needs to tackle a "four-headed dragon" to move the microgrid market forward. He also describes Microgrid 2019 as "crackling with excitement," in an interview at the event with Microgrid Knowledge Editor Lisa Cohn. Fischette leads Concord Engineering, a company founded in 1989 … [Read more...]

Microgrids May Make Sense. But How do you Pay for Them?

This is the latest in a series of articles that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at issues surrounding microgrid financing. As businesses and enterprises explore microgrid financing, they find themselves grappling with several questions. What are the project's key goals: Resiliency, sustainability or … [Read more...]

If Regulators Had a Magic Wand, How Would They Encourage Microgrid Development?

If you had a magic wand and could create one policy or rule that would help rollout more microgrids, what would that be? That’s the question with which panelists grappled at the Microgrid 2019 conference in San Diego on Tuesday — with answers ranging from pricing carbon to valuing resiliency. The underlying premise is that microgrids are … [Read more...]