Are Microgrids Expensive?

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Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2019 — Most Read Guest Articles

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Have we fully explored the potential of community microgrids? What does California's changing energy landscape mean for microgrids and the energy industry? How should you get started on your next microgrid project? These are just a few questions explored in the most popular Industry Perspective columns on Microgrid Knowledge in 2019. These … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Microgrid Aficionados

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We couldn’t find socks with microgrids on them or chocolates shaped like solar panels. But in poking around the marketplace we did discover a few items that are likely to evoke a grin from microgrid aficionados over the holidays. So if you’re stumped while shopping for your friend who tends to lapse into passionate discussions about … [Read more...]

Microgrids: Achieving Reliable Power for Our Most Critical Facilities

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Schneider Electric's Andy Haun explores how healthcare microgrids can improve energy resiliency for hospitals and other medical facilities. Hospitals are among the most critical facilities for ongoing public health and emergency response. As recent events have shown, power outages don’t discriminate, which puts hospitals and their patients … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

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It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind.  As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

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We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

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California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Microgrids Ramp Up in Latin America but Asia Pacific Remains the Global Leader 

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A new Navigant Research report finds market opportunity for microgrids in every region of the world, as report author Peter Asmus explains. The top global market for microgrids is arguably the Asia Pacific, especially for remote microgrid systems. The Asia Pacific market is driven by lack of robust grid infrastructure. Japan is the … [Read more...]

Montgomery County, Maryland Seeks Microgrid-Ready Project for Electric Bus Depot

Already on the map for its public service microgrids, Montgomery County is advancing into the next frontier of the technology — its nexus with transportation — with plans for a microgrid-ready depot to charge electric buses. The Maryland county on Wednesday issued a solicitation seeking proposals for energy infrastructure to power electric buses … [Read more...]