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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

California’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs: The Implications for Microgrids

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In this Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge, Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco, explains the implications for microgrids of recent public safety power shutoffs in California.  Microgrid Knowledge: What role can microgrids play when there is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in California? Bob Georgeoff: Microgrids play a critical … [Read more...]

Electricity comes to Nigeria, but who will use it?

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Rocky Mountain Institute's Andrew Allee describes a problem arising out of electrification in Nigeria. Minigrids are bringing electricity to rural areas, but residents do not benefit if they cannot afford appliances. In early 2018, a solar minigrid installation transformed energy access in Gbamu Gbamu, a Nigerian town 45 minutes from the … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Best Practices Create Trusted Environments

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Eaton's Anthony Ciccozzi explores the ins and outs of microgrid cybersecurity best practices.  In 2020, an estimated 31 billion devices will be connected to the internet. This level of connectivity is building a more intelligent energy infrastructure capable of not only detecting issues, but also predicting where a problem is developing. At … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Explores the Microgrid 360 Approach

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Eric Dupont of PowerSecure discusses an approach called Microgrid 360 which follows a series of high standards designed to optimize each microgrid for its intended application. Microgrids are unique, with customer-specific customization occurring on many levels. They must be sized and connected appropriately to handle a certain amount of … [Read more...]

Microgrids Ramp Up in Latin America but Asia Pacific Remains the Global Leader 

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A new Navigant Research report finds market opportunity for microgrids in every region of the world, as report author Peter Asmus explains. The top global market for microgrids is arguably the Asia Pacific, especially for remote microgrid systems. The Asia Pacific market is driven by lack of robust grid infrastructure. Japan is the … [Read more...]

Siemens Explores a Holistic Approach to Wildfire Mitigation

Advanced Microgrid Controls

Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz highlights a different way to approach wildfires. Explore why many businesses are taking a look at alternative solutions to a growing number of natural disasters, like microgrids for wildfires.  Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. … [Read more...]

Using Local Generation to Improve Data Center Resilience and Sustainability

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores how to use local generation to improve efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability — specifically in the colocation industry and data centers.  Modern business runs on data. Data centers around the world must maintain the highest degree of uptime possible to ensure uninterrupted data services for their … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

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The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

The Future of AI in Facility Management

A recent post on the Veolia blog explores the importance of AI in modern facility management. What do our future smart buildings look like?  If there is one thing we know from working in smart buildings, it is how rapidly technology advances. Consequently, the building management space can be difficult to predict; however, there are developing … [Read more...]