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

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

Benefits of sectionalizing the power grid: Webinar June 16

Microgrids are a promising solution because of their ability to disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. This can help the grid recover more quickly after a disruption from severe weather events or natural disasters. One hurdle slowing the widespread adoption of microgrids is the cost of deployment, but the concept of … [Read more...]

Navy becomes latest military branch to set a microgrid goal as part of climate strategy

The US Navy and Marine Corps said it plans to build cybersecure microgrids at critical military facilities as part of a climate strategy released this week. The news comes on the heels of a similar climate strategy by the US Army, which in February announced it will build a microgrid at each of its 130 bases worldwide. “Climate change is … [Read more...]

Economic trends converge to make microgrids more attractive

Demand for microgrids is accelerating as a convergence of industry, government and economic trends work in the technology's favor, according to industry experts recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. These price-dampening trends come at a fortuitous time, given the impact of inflation and supply chain disruptions on the wider energy … [Read more...]

California puts pedal to the metal to gain acceptance of vehicle-to-microgrid technology

Only a few programs are now in place to test the viability of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-microgrid programs. But in California — a state that is threatened by wildfire-related power outages — the pressure is on to speed adoption of the promising technology. To explore the intricacies of V2G and vehicle-to-microgrid programs, … [Read more...]

Siemens executive explains why the future grid will be sectionalized and what that means to microgrids

In a prequel to Microgrid 2022, David Fox, vice president of sales at Siemens Grid Software US, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge to discuss how sectionalizing will be a key component of the future grid. https://vimeo.com/711780427 We often think the grid is one big entity, but, in fact, utilities can turn parts off and on, allowing them to … [Read more...]

Microgrids drive a net-zero future for electrified fleets

As more fleets convert to electric vehicles, infrastructures and internal systems must be digitized and energy needs to include sustainable resources. Don Wingate, vice president of utility and microgrid solutions North America operations at Schneider Electric, discusses what digitization and electrification mean for fleets and where microgrids fit … [Read more...]

5 strategies to reduce microgrid costs from the experts

To cut microgrid costs, industry experts offer five strategies: optimize the energy resources to ensure they provide the most benefits, consider cost- and time-saving design tweaks, avoid overengineering, take advantage of standard packages and look into financing that involves no upfront costs. Patrick Lee, president and CEO of PXiSE Energy … [Read more...]

With a leadership change at its microgrid helm, what’s next for Schneider?

Schneider Electric is one of the biggest and most influential players in the microgrid market. Mark Feasel, the person who guided the company’s rise in microgrids, departed the company last month, leaving people asking, "What’s next for Schneider?" The answer is Jana Gerber, who became president of the company’s North American microgrid … [Read more...]

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...]