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...]

No Microgrids at the Busiest Airport in the World?


Like Puerto Rico, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found out the hard way why microgrids are a good insurance policy. The world’s busiest airport suffered an 11-hour power outage on Sunday, delaying over a thousand flights and leaving passengers stranded for hours in darkened terminals or seated in planes. Georgia Power, … [Read more...]

Can Waste-to-Energy Microgrids be the Missing Link for Puerto Rico?

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IQgrid's Myles Mangram urges Puerto Rico to consider waste-to-energy microgrids as it rebuilds post-Hurricane Maria. The technology can simultaneously take care of two problems characteristic of storm-damaged areas: lack of power and an accumulation of waste. On September 6, Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 5 storm, … [Read more...]

How Microgrids-as-a-Service Could Lead to a Surge in Microgrid Use

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  Mark Feasel, vice president of Schneider Electric’s electric utility segment and smart grid business in the U.S., explains how microgrids-as-a-service could lead to a surge in microgrid use. Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, interviews Feasel at Microgrid 2017. The thought of researching, funding and installing a … [Read more...]

New GTM Report Forecasts $12.5B Microgrid Investment within US by 2022

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A report released today by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report shows a … [Read more...]

Schneider, Planet Ark Power Win Grant for Renewable Microgrid in South Australia

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Australian-based Planet Ark Power and multinational partner Schneider Electric have won a $1.95 million grant towards a $13.9 million renewable microgrid at a major distribution center in South Australia's capital city Adelaide. The project includes a microgrid management system governing 5.7 MW of solar photovoltaics and 2.9 MWh of battery … [Read more...]

Dynamic Energy Networks Teams with Schneider Electric & The Carlyle Group to Deliver Energy-as-a-Service


Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) revealed this morning at Microgrid Knowledge 2017 kicked off in Boston that it has formed what the company called strategic alliances with both Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group to deliver energy-as-a-service. The company also solidified its leadership by acquiring an executive team from Hitachi and RET … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Proposes 7-MW Military Microgrid at Indiana National Guard Camp

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Duke Energy has proposed a 7-MW military microgrid at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, along with battery storage at a substation in Nabb. The utility giant is seeking pre-approved cost recovery for both projects before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. If okayed, the microgrid will be … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles: How One Will Drive the Other

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Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self illustrates the future of electrification by describing what it might be like in a coffee shop. Just as consumers today assume they will get Wi-Fi with their latte, those tomorrow might also expect some watts for the car. “You won’t need gas stations except to buy lottery tickets or get milk or beer. The cars … [Read more...]