Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off Texas’ Extreme Winter

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) can help Texas grapple with climate-induced extreme weather outlined in a new report that calls on state policymakers to better prepare for electricity disasters like February's Winter Storm Uri. Uri knocked out power to two out of three Texans and shut off water to nearly half. The Texas … [Read more...]

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

Resilient Microgrids Link Clean Energy and Clean Mobility

A new white paper from Schneider Electric explores the link between clean energy and clean mobility, and the role resilient microgrids can play. As electric vehicle (EV) adoption increases in the US, utilities need a way to both manage the demand from EV chargers and take advantage of the value they can provide the grid. Resilient microgrids … [Read more...]

Why Don’t More Companies Use Microgrids in their Climate Disaster Plans?

Wondering why more companies aren’t incorporating microgrids into their climate disaster plans? The answer may be pretty simple. They still don’t know what microgrids are. That’s one of the findings from research released today by Schneider Electric about how organizations are transforming their business models in response to climate … [Read more...]

Five Local Governments Leading the Way with Microgrid Innovation

Big ticket microgrid legislation in Washington, D.C., tends to grab headlines, but it is local governments in the United States that produce some of the most intriguing microgrid policy. Given that most electric power regulation happens at the local and state levels, these local programs serve as labs of experimentation in the real world of … [Read more...]

California Transportation Authority Proposes Bus Charging Microgrid 

The Santa Clara, California, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to build a microgrid with charging infrastructure to upgrade and fuel its fleet of battery-powered electric buses with a potential $4.68 million in grant money from the California Energy Commission (CEC).  This Northern California project is part of the VTA’s effort to … [Read more...]

AlphaStruxure and The Mobility House Partner on North American EV Infrastructure

AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group, has partnered with The Mobility House to help streamline the development of zero-emission electric fleet infrastructure in North America.  The partnership unites AlphaStruxure’s microgrid technology and energy as a service platform with The Mobility House’s … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [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...]