California Energy Commission Okays $10M for College and Airport Microgrids

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The California Energy Commission yesterday approved about $10 million in grants, one for a college microgrid in Sonoma County and the second for an airport microgrid in Humboldt County. The commission vote is the final stage in a competitive process underway to distribute about $50 million in microgrid funds to various projects throughout the … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

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Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources. A new white paper from Schneider … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

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A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the grid … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service: Schneider Electric and DEN Partner to Simplify Microgrid Adoption

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  Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, and Mark Feasel, vice president, utility and smart grids at Schneider Electric, describe financing innovations, energy-as-a-service and other advantages their partnership brings to the microgrid market.  Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, interviews the two industry … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Highly Sophisticated Microgrid Emerges from the Woods of Wisconsin

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Moving the idea of the sophisticated microgrid beyond theory, Schneider Electric and Faith Technologies today unveiled a project at a Wisconsin nature preserve that is expected to demonstrate the growing ability of microgrids to multitask. The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin is now home to a microgrid that manages five … [Read more...]

Software ‘Brings Everything Together’ for New Microgrid Clusters

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What are the software challenges microgrid clusters face?  Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid NA, answers that question at Microgrid 2018 in an interview with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Microgrids are based on the concepts of reliability, efficiency, and resiliency. But as Siemens’ Michael Carlson pointed … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Decentralization: A Shift in Energy Focus

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We are in the middle of an 'energy transition' — one which is focused on the decentralization of energy and the rise of  energy technology like microgrids. A new report from Schneider Electric,  “How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition,” highlights how over the past century or so, we have come from making huge progress in the … [Read more...]