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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

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S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

Choosing an Energy Storage System: Getting Past the Sizzle and into the Sausage

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Rob Campbell of Vulcan Energy talks about why choosing an energy storage system is difficult and the need for international standards that clearly articulate battery performance and longevity. With the explosion of domestic battery storage products on offer, early adopters are generally savvy with the technical aspects of this new technology and … [Read more...]

California Primed to Gain from Solar Plus Storage…But New Policies Crucial

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Ben Airth and Sachu Constantine of the Center for Sustainable Energy explain how solar plus storage can strengthen California's electric grid -- and the importance of good government policy in helping it do so. When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids and Urban Revitalization

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Susan Dieterlen of DeftSpace Lab offers a model to improve the visibility of community microgrids and make urban revitalization initiatives more substantial and effective. It’s no secret that American cities have many neighborhoods in need of economic revitalization. These challenged neighborhoods may be most common in the Rustbelt, but … [Read more...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Carbon Emissions Fell Again in the U.S. Northeast. So What’s the Next Step for RGGI?

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Carbon emissions fell again in 2016 for the U.S. Northeast states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Success? Yes -- but also a signal that it's time for stakeholders to consider the next step for RGGI. Jordan Stutt of the Acadia Center explains. Declining Emissions Signal Need for Reform In advance of expected … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice

microgrids for social justice

Hitachi’s Alex Rakow and Erica Hauver explain why microgrids must become more embedded in social policy and public infrastructure planning. To many readers, Evan Osnos’ article, “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in last month’s issue of The New Yorker may seem extreme.  America’s wealthy elite preparing for armageddon scenarios with … [Read more...]