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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt studies how an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your tablet or paying those pesky utility bills with your app, you’re utilizing a company’s IT system. That … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Water-Energy Nexus: A Warning for the U.S. from South Africa

water-energy nexus

The Environmental Defense Fund's Kate Zerrenner describes the water-energy nexus impacting Cape Town as it runs dry, and posits that parts of the U.S. could face the same threat. In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water … [Read more...]

How Will the Solar Tariff Affect Microgrids?

solar tariff

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores how the new solar tariff will impact the microgrid industry.  On Feb. 7, the U.S. government announced that imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules made outside the United States will face a 30 percent tariff. The first … [Read more...]

DERMS Adoption in the New Energy Landscape


In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Jérome de Parscau explores distributed energy resource system (DERMS) adoption and how this is changing today's energy landscape.  With the energy landscape in the midst of a major upheaval, both consumers and distribution utilities are experiencing significant advancements in … [Read more...]

Unmoored from Facts: Is the EIA Looking at the Same Energy Markets as the Rest of Us?

energy markets

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Jules Kortenhorst and Kieran Coleman say that the U.S. Energy Information Administration portrays clean energy markets erroneously in its annual forecast. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) should give anyone watching today’s energy markets a jolt of … [Read more...]

Surprising Ways Distributed Energy Resources Can Transform the Economy

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Navigant's Peter Asmus describes five surprises that may lie ahead as distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids transform the global economy. It is that time of the year again, when pundits pontificate about what the future holds, and citizens and corporations alike set goals for the coming year. I’d like to make five predictions for … [Read more...]

NRDC on Why Congress May Miss a Huge Clean Energy Boost in Tax Extenders

clean energy

NRDC's Elizabeth Noll and Arjun Krishnaswami argue that Congress should modify tax extenders legislation so that it fosters transformative technologies challenged by market-entry barriers, particularly those that create jobs, spur innovation, and drive down carbon emissions. Congress is poised to extend and expand energy tax credits that benefit … [Read more...]

Energy Industry in 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead

Energy Industry in 2018

In this week’s edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel discusses what is in store for the energy industry in 2018.  Last year was a formative year for the new energy landscape. It underlined new challenges for operations, sustainability and financial decision-makers, while introducing innovative opportunities and … [Read more...]

Creating Critical Infrastructure for Critical Facilities Requires Collaboration

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In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores why energy resiliency is key to today's critical infrastructure, as well as how stakeholders can work together to ensure critical facilities keep the lights on.  Ke Wei, senior policy adviser for energy, in the New York City Mayor’s Office of … [Read more...]