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...]

A personality test for utilities to determine their electric grid future

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains why utilities should take a "personality test" to determine their best path to meet the challenges of operating a renewable, resilient grid. Electric utilities across the United States and the world share much in common, but the truth is these diverse businesses have distinct … [Read more...]

Microgrid controllers are the next step to a resilient renewable grid

A new white paper from PXiSE explores six ways in which microgrid controllers can solve common challenges that the modern renewable grid faces with the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). In this new white paper from PXiSE, the company explains how microgrid controllers can help utilities manage the challenges they face while … [Read more...]

DERMS can provide grid resilience for utilities

A new white paper from PXiSE presents the case for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) as the next step utilities should consider on their path toward renewables and resilience. PXiSE says that "a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) can help utilities navigate challenges and create a road map to a fully … [Read more...]

In an intermittent energy world, utilities should focus on what they can (microgrid) control

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains how utilities can use microgrid controllers to address grid challenges at lower cost and with less disruption.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December proposed big changes to the state’s distributed solar net energy metering incentives as the state grapples with a … [Read more...]

Three big microgrid reveals from 2021 to consider

Surprise! This is not an article about wildfires, storms and other grid calamities that drove the microgrid market in 2021. They did. But you already know that. So let’s talk about the less obvious but intriguing microgrid trends and indicators the year revealed. 1 “You cannot do zero carbon without microgrids.”   Yokogawa Electric … [Read more...]

Japanese energy tech conglomerate acquires PXiSE

Japanese energy tech conglomerate Yokogawa Electric has acquired PXiSE Energy Solutions, a key player in the microgrid sphere, based in San Diego, California. Before the acquisition, PXiSE had been operating as an affiliate of San Diego Gas & Electric, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. PXiSE is best known for its microgrid controller and … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

As Extreme Heat Overwhelms the Northwest, Congressional Briefing Looks to Microgrids

With a heat dome bringing record setting high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, US Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., said microgrids are one of the solutions for dealing with extreme weather, during a Congressional briefing. “It's a cleaner alternative to the default backup generators that many people have right now,” Panetta said June 25 … [Read more...]

In Landmark Feat, Australian Community Microgrid Runs on 100% Solar Plus Storage

Onslow, a remote town in Western Australia, got all its electricity for 80 minutes from solar power, a first-ever feat that shows how an advanced microgrid controller and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) can help communities use increasing amounts of renewable energy without grid stability issues, according to the Horizon … [Read more...]