Articles and news about Schneider Electric microgrid products and services

Recent Superstorms Spotlight the Need to Address Aging Electrical Infrastructure

electrical Infrastructure

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel explores how the recent particularly destructive hurricane season put a spotlight on the need to address aging electrical infrastructure.  This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria have had a major impact on human … [Read more...]

Miramar Microgrid Update…$22.3B Energy Storage Microgrid Market…& Other Project News

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Miramar microgrid to be complete next year Construction is now underway on the Miramar microgrid, one of the largest and most carefully watched military microgrids, and a joint venture of Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch. U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest leadership hosted a ceremony Sept. 28 to … [Read more...]

Advancing Microgrid Intelligence: Schneider’s Recent Upgrades to EcoStruxure

EcoStruxure

Most of what's in a microgrid is easily recognizable, common components like distributed generators, batteries and inverters. What’s unique is the software, the brains of the system. So it’s not surprising that competing companies are working to advance and distinguish the technology that manages a microgrid. Schneider Electric is the latest to … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

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When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only "a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device would redefine markets. Who knew a little box could do so much – be a phone, but also a banking … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency, Irma, and the Downside of Waiting until Disaster Strikes

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Despite a heroic effort by utilities, hundreds of thousands of customers remained without power in Florida on Monday, eight days after Hurricane Irma landed, heightening the call for greater grid resiliency. “Severe weather, like the hurricanes experienced in Texas and the Southeast, quickly put into the spotlight the fragile state of our … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric to Build Advanced Microgrid at Nature Preserve

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The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – which touts an 18,000 square-foot environmental center in Wisconsin – will also soon be home to a new advanced microgrid. Schneider Electric will partner with Faith Technologies to build and support the fully islandable microgrid, which will provide power to the non-profit nature preserve’s environmental … [Read more...]

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

Phillip Barton, Schneider Electric

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources.  Total energy production in the United States increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 per the U.S. Energy … [Read more...]

Schneider’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor Selected for Ameren Microgrid

Illinois utility Ameren has selected Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to manage an advanced microgrid it operates in Champaign, adjacent to the University of Illinois. Schneider’s cloud-based software allows facility managers and microgrid operators to collect data, forecast demand and usage, and automatically optimize the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

What Does the Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Mean for Microgrid Development?

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California lawmakers voted this week to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to 2030, a move expected to boost microgrid development, especially when coupled with other climate plays. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation won passage by a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and the Senate. By itself the extension isn't expected to … [Read more...]