Are You Looking for Microgrid Financing?

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Project developers are in search of microgrid financing. Financiers are in search of investment-grade projects. Now Microgrid Knowledge will bring the two together in a first-of-its-kind program for the microgrid industry. Called the Microgrid Financing Connection, the initiative will be launched at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago May 7-9. At the … [Read more...]

Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time


Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

Poll Finds Americans Wary of Grid Safety in Wake of Russian Hacking

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Americans are worried about grid cybersecurity and see the nation as unprepared for an extended power outage, according to a new poll. Protect Our Power, a non-profit group that includes former utility executives, released the survey results the same day that Homeland Security and the FBI warned that Russians have hacked the grid and other U.S. … [Read more...]

How Will the Solar Tariff Affect Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores how the new solar tariff will impact the microgrid industry.  On Feb. 7, the U.S. government announced that imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules made outside the United States will face a 30 percent tariff. The first … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power is the Dominant Microgrid Technology…For Now


Combined heat and power (CHP) is the dominant form of microgrid technology now, but solar energy threatens to usurp its position by 2026. That's the word from Navigant Research in its new report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview. The report finds that among generation technologies deployed within microgrids, CHP leads with 655 … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

S&C Electric: Survey Finds U.S. Business Taking Action on Electric Reliability

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Survey results released today by S&C Electric find that businesses are taking action to ensure electric reliability as the U.S. economy grapples with power outage costs of $79 billion per year. The Chicago-based smart grid company surveyed 250 energy managers at commercial and industrial businesses across the U.S.  The results are … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids


Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017 and the Companies Featured

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As we compiled this year's list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured -- and kept capturing -- our readers' attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

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This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]