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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

Phillip Barton, Schneider Electric

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources.  Total energy production in the United States increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 per the U.S. Energy … [Read more...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

Expect the DOE Electric Grid Study to End with a Fizzle, Not a Bang: NRDC

DOE electric grid study

John Moore and Miles Farmer, of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explain why a much-anticipated DOE electric grid study is unlikely to succeed in propping up coal over renewables. Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

redefining microgrid

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

microgrid implementations

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Driving Complexity out of Microgrid Design

microgrid design

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains why we need simpler microgrid design and more "elegant" control strategies.  About two decades ago, one of the first programmable logic controller (PLC) systems I coded was controlling an expensive machine called a sheeter. This machine … [Read more...]

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Legality of State Clean Energy Programs

clean energy

Clean energy states can proceed with more confidence following a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Connecticut's renewable portfolio standard. NRDC's John Moore explains. States can breathe a sigh of relief. In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court has affirmed the legality of Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

virtual microgrids

Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

Hospital Microgrids Become an Integral Part of the Energy Value Chain

Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel explains how hospital microgrids are becoming an integral part of the "energy value chain."  Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends … [Read more...]

District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

CHP and microgrids

Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]