PG&E Taps Michigan Utility Exec to Lead Company

PG&E, California's largest utility, selected Patti Poppe to lead the company after it emerged from bankruptcy and is under pressure to bolster grid resilience in the face of wildfire threats. Poppe is a long-time utility executive at CMS Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, and its utility subsidiary Consumers Energy, which has about 6.7 … [Read more...]

Sunrun and SCE Team up on Virtual Power Plant in California

It's been a tough year for California as wildfires and extreme heat strain the power grid and residents' nerves. Resilience and reliable power are now more critical than ever. To that end, Sunrun and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a virtual power plant agreement that they say increases grid reliability and lowers power … [Read more...]

Join Microgrid Leaders Today to  Shape the Path to 2030

With the largest audience yet to join a microgrid conference — more than 4,300 registrants — Microgrid 2020 Global today comes to a close with a call to action from leaders to drive microgrid adoption forward.  Hosted by Microgrid Knowledge, the three-day conference is being presented virtually to audiences worldwide. Today, through … [Read more...]

Cummins Launches New Microgrid Control System

Cummins announced a new microgrid control product line this week, calling it a one-stop-shop of solutions to simplify operations and save money. The controller systems have options for existing microgrids and give new customers more straightforward controls and cost savings. The company launched the new product as more than 4,300 participants … [Read more...]

Peer into the Future Today at Microgrid 2020 Global

With more than 4,100 participants, Microgrid 2020 Global kicks off its second day with a focus on the future: the evolution of microgrids over the next decade. Today begins with Microgrid Knowledge’s editorial team engaged in a roundtable discussion that takes a deep dive into one of the most transformative movements in energy: electrification. … [Read more...]

Transfer the Risk with Energy as a Service

Energy as a service (EaaS) agreements allow energy customers to transfer the risks associated with owning energy assets, and focus on their core mission. It is also an attractive option for businesses with capital constraints. Louis Maltezos, executive vice president at Ameresco, discusses this route with Microgrid Knowledge. What is energy as a … [Read more...]

S&C Brings Resilience to Fort Belvoir: Case Study

Federal power systems work to support critical missions at the forefront of national defense operations. And with national security on the line, resilient power is of utmost importance. S&C recently addressed a series of challenges at Fort Belvoir, Va., using its GridMaster Microgrid Control System and Microgrid EPC, products. A new case study … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge to Name Winners of the Microgrid Greater Good Award on Nov. 17

Microgrid Knowledge has unveiled the finalists vying for the annual Microgrid Greater Good Award. Winners will be announced November 17, the kickoff date for Microgrid 2020 Global, a free three-day conference, expected to draw thousands of participants worldwide. Now in its second year, the Microgrid Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that … [Read more...]

Energy for the People: Microgrids and the Democratization of Energy

Lance Haines, chief technology officer - Microgrids, at Schneider Electric speaks on microgrids and modernizing the grid — and how the two are intrinsically connected.  The US has made significant efforts towards modernizing its electrical grid, yet the existing disparity in power quality and electricity savings achieved among communities … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Barriers to Community Microgrids

Despite their potential benefits, community microgrids face several institutional and financial challenges. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how microgrid developers and their project partners can overcome these barriers. Community microgrids offer many reliability, resilience, cost reduction, and decarbonization … [Read more...]