Disaster preparedness expert Jeffrey Schlegelmilch to keynote Microgrid 2022

Disaster preparedness expert and author Jeffrey Schlegelmilch will deliver the keynote address for Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes on June 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Schlegelmilch, who serves as director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Climate School, Columbia University, is the author of … [Read more...]

Microgrids drive a net-zero future for electrified fleets

As more fleets convert to electric vehicles, infrastructures and internal systems must be digitized and energy needs to include sustainable resources. Don Wingate, vice president of utility and microgrid solutions North America operations at Schneider Electric, discusses what digitization and electrification mean for fleets and where microgrids fit … [Read more...]

Time running out to register for Microgrid 2022!

A colleague summed up what sets the Microgrid Knowledge conference series apart from other energy events. “If you want the best steak you go to a steakhouse, not just any old restaurant. If you’re interested in microgrids, you go to the Microgrid Knowledge conference, not some big energy event where microgrids get lost in the noise.” Now … [Read more...]

From the cacophony of on-site energy supply and demand, new control systems and hardware solutions conduct a beautiful symphony in advanced microgrids

John Stark, marcom and product manager at Russelectric, discusses how advanced microgrid controls guide a symphony of advanced microgrids, just like a conductor guides an orchestra. When Russelectric, a Siemens business, first started working on the graphic seen below to help customers understand how advanced microgrid controls can empower … [Read more...]

Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]

How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]

San Jose, California mayor again pushes for energy independence with support of Google microgrid

The San Jose City Council voted this week to take the next step in reviewing a microgrid planned by Google, giving Mayor Sam Liccardo another victory in his quest for city energy independence. “We need dependable, resilient, reliable power, and microgrids are clearly a pathway to doing so for many communities,” Liccardo said during the April … [Read more...]

Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

Movement on pro-microgrid legislation in Congress and Colorado

Last week brought movement on bills in Congress and the state of Colorado that could help bolster microgrids. With the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) stalled, House Democrats in the US Congress last week tried another tactic to move climate legislation forward, this time seeking a path through the Defense Production Act. The act gives … [Read more...]

Texas water utility selects Enchanted Rock to provide microgrid

The West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) in Texas has selected Texas-based Enchanted Rock to provide a 20 MW microgrid to support two critical water pump stations. The microgrid will be installed under Enchanted Rock's integrated Resiliency on Call (iROC) service. With this business model, Enchanted Rock operates and … [Read more...]