Progress on Puerto Rico’s IRP Plan: What it Means to the Grid and Microgrids

Puerto Rico IRP

The Environmental Defense Fund's Daniel Whittle and Agustin Carbó report the latest on the Puerto Rico IRP proceeding, a complex and lengthy regulatory undertaking expected to influence microgrid and renewable energy development on the island. Puerto Rico’s electric grid is extremely fragile and in need of repair. The natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Can You Afford to Not Have a Microgrid?

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In California, the question ‘Can we afford a microgrid?’ might be more aptly phrased: ‘Can we afford to not have a microgrid?’ This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure highlights how energy-as-a-service is making microgrids easier and more affordable.  Business executives, community leaders and others … [Read more...]

Deadline Feb. 15 for Microgrid Greater Good Award Submissions

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The deadline — February 15 — is fast approaching to nominate projects for the Microgrid Greater Good Awards. The winners will be announced at Microgrid 2020, which will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that fill a clear societal need and bolster the case that microgrids … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids are at an Inflection Point

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Microgrid growth appears to have reached an inflection point, driven by demand for reliable energy, especially in California, as well as economic, environmental and societal factors. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores the growth stimuli. Microgrid installations are accelerating in a range … [Read more...]

Microgrids as a Non-Spinning Substitute for Spinning Reserves

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PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has developed 125 advanced microgrids and manages more than 1,700 microgrids and advanced distributed energy sites. Below Mark Martyak, chief sales officer of PowerSecure-Distributed Infrastructure, explains in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher, Microgrid Knowledge, how microgrids can … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup: New DERMS, Switchgear Simulators & FLISR

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Today's Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup focuses on a joint flexibility solution that's a result of a new Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partnership, as well as products from Russelectric and G&W Electric. Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partner to simplify integration, increase visibility Schneider Electric and AutoGrid have partnered … [Read more...]

Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

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California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Help Produce 500,000 Pounds of Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Arugula and Herbs 

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Schneider Electric and Scale Microgrid Solutions are partnering on a 1.75 MW microgrid for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid will design, build, own, and operate the system for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, using standardized microgrid modules.  Using Schneider Electric lithium-ion … [Read more...]

Microgrid Installed for Low-income Apartments, First for Washington DC

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In a first for Washington DC, a microgrid that combines solar and energy storage has been installed in an affordable housing complex. The Maycroft Apartment's $327,000 resiliency center includes a 70.2-kW rooftop solar array combined with a 46-kW/56 kWh battery system that can disconnect from the grid and provide power for up to three days … [Read more...]