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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why 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 … [Read more...]

Community Energy Solutions in Boston: Next Steps

community energy solutions

Bradford Swing, Boston's director of energy policy and programs, describes the city's action to promote community energy solutions, including district energy microgrids. In June 2018, Boston took two actions to promote community energy solutions in both the public and private sectors. First, Boston started a feasibility assessment funded by … [Read more...]

Supplying Reliable Microgrids for Puerto Rico’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Industry

Puerto Rico

Patrick Meyers, Veolia’s director of  business development – Puerto Rico, outlines the opportunities for microgrids to support industrial and commercial facilities, and Veolia’s commitment to playing a major role in this space. Puerto Rico’s diverse range of industrial and commercial facilities suffered hugely after last year’s Hurricanes … [Read more...]

Transactive Energy and Blockchain: Can Technology Tackle Our Big Challenges?

transactive energy

The business world is smitten with blockchain, with energy no exception. Blockchain can solve some challenges posed by distributed energy and transactive energy pricing, but it is just a start. Kay Aikin, CEO of Introspective Systems explains. It’s easy to understand why blockchain is hot -- this technology offers a new approach to … [Read more...]

The Time Has Come for a New Approach to Energy-as-a-Service

energy-as-a-service

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN), explores a new approach to energy-as-a-service.  What’s the true value of energy? Of all the factors executives must consider as they guide and protect their organization’s financial condition the role of energy is fundamental. For … [Read more...]

Enhancing Energy Resilience, Reducing Risk Through a Microgrid Approach

energy resilience

In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment and smart grid at ‎Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can increase energy resilience and cut down on risks associated with power outages.  In an increasingly connected society, the economic impact of extreme weather and associated … [Read more...]

Turning your Commercial Solar Energy System into a Microgrid

Russelectric

Tim Kelley, director of renewable and storage solutions at Russelectric, highlights the benefits of turning a solar energy system into a microgrid. An estimated 9 – 10 GW, representing 100,000 commercial solar energy systems, were installed in the US between 2010 and 2017. This is derived from Solar Energy Industries Association data, and … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

Cold Beer, Hot Shower — Off Grid in Virginia with All the Comforts

DC microgrid

Alexis Zeigler describes Living Earth Farm, a conservationist-oriented community in rural Virginia where a DC microgrid provides reliable energy, fossil-fuel free. It's been a windy spring in the Mid-Atlantic. Our neighbors have lost power several times, including a multi-day outage that caused vexation and set the generators abuzz. I live … [Read more...]

Connections Made at CAE Q1 Meeting Lead To First-Ever Utility Microgrid PEER Gold Certification

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In this week's Industry Perspectives column, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores how a meeting at the CAE Q1 event led to the first utility microgrid PEER Gold certification for the Ameren microgrid.  The Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, has received accolades for its reliability and collaborative partnerships. It has also … [Read more...]