Why Maryland is a State to Watch When it Comes to Microgrids: Next Round of Funding Available

While natural disasters and grid deficiencies make places like California and Puerto Rico focal points for microgrids, Maryland is quietly emerging as another key state because of its resilience grants. Just four months after awarding seed money for 14 microgrids, the state is looking for more projects. The Maryland Energy Administration … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it's large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of  stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday and Saturday night when electric demand exceeded supply because of extreme heat. Utilities imposed … [Read more...]

A Greener, Post Pandemic World: How do we Get There?

Mark Feasel, president, smart grid - North America at Schneider Electric, explores what can be done to set up a more energy efficient, greener post pandemic world using energy-as-a-service (EaaS). It has been more than five months since most states in the US initiated their first COVID-19 lockdown and talks around reopening feels premature … [Read more...]

What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience

Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages. So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?  By the outage numbers, not far. … [Read more...]

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

What Do You Need to Know to Reduce Utility Charges with a Microgrid?

Let’s say microgrid developer PowerSecure has been asked to price out the feasibility of a microgrid at a retail grocery store in Wisconsin. How does the developer go about finding the utility pricing information that will demonstrate that the project is or isn’t financially viable? The answer isn’t simple, said Brian Knight, structured … [Read more...]

What the $11B Hitachi ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]

Sustaining the Future of Indoor Vertical Farming with Microgrids

Schneider Electric's Don Wingate discusses how microgrids can help the indoor vertical farming movement realize its full potential.  While indoor agriculture has steadily gained traction in recent years as the world seeks alternative ways to feed growing populations, the uncertainty of today’s global pandemic has accelerated a rethinking of … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]