Russia doesn’t know it, but it just made a strong case for local energy

The worldwide headline today is that Russia is cutting natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria unless they pay in rubles, making energy, in essence, a weapon of war. European leaders described Russia's move as blackmail to undercut their support of Ukraine. Russia's actions make real the longtime worry that European countries are too … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: Energy politics and not poking the big bear

Energy is highly politicized. And as Jim Fonger, Canadian vice president at Ameresco, points out, that’s bad news for innovation.  Building new energy infrastructure takes a long time, much longer than the duration of political cycles. So energy technology gets caught up in a start/stop cycle as political parties … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: What’s the single statistic microgrid customers need to understand?

In this 10-minute Microgrid Talk interview, our experts answer the question: "What energy statistic do you wish microgrid customers better understood?" This is the first of three interviews in our "Microgrid Truths, Lucky Truths and Statistics" series. (Yes, we are flipping around Mark Twains' words: "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." — Elisa … [Read more...]

What Biden’s State of the Union indicates about the path ahead for microgrids

Federal tax credits for clean energy, which include microgrids, appear to still be in play based on the State of the Union address delivered by President Joe Biden last night. In the annual speech before Congress, Biden discussed the tax credits in the context of helping Americans economically and battling inflation. He said that combating … [Read more...]

Why do data center operators choose diesel backup over cleaner microgrids?

Operators of data centers — which consume high amounts of electricity per square foot of space — generally choose diesel backup systems over cleaner microgrids, sticking to the tried and true and believing that diesel provides the best reliability option. But that conservative choice yields emissions of carbon and particulates and misses … [Read more...]

5 reasons why microgrids are worth it to utilities

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five key benefits utilities can unlock through the use of decentralized microgrids. After decades of pursuing “central station power” and “radial feed” distribution circuit grid design philosophies, the concept of utilities placing quasi-autonomous subsections of … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [Read more...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]

Top Microgrid Perspectives Columns for 2021 — Most read guest articles

Your most pressing energy storage questions answered. How microgrids can manage the disruptive force of electric vehicles. Why natural gas generators are critical to microgrids. These are just a few of the topics explored in the most popular Microgrid Perspectives columns of 2021. These guest articles were penned by leaders in the microgrid … [Read more...]

What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids

Last week’s passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the US House of Representatives paves the way for a range of new funding opportunities for microgrids. Pushed by President Biden, and already approved by the Senate in August, H.R. 3684 is now cleared to become law after a 228-206 vote Friday night by the House.  UPDATE! President … [Read more...]