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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

The Importance of Operator Engagement in a Microgrid Project

microgrid project

 Jesse Douglas, director of business development at Veolia North America, focuses on the crucial importance of operator engagement in a microgrid project.  Microgrids have been receiving a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. The need to increase efficiency, and environmental performance is encouraging companies, … [Read more...]

Three Grid Fixes to Keep the Lights On During Storms

grid fixes

Ronny Sandoval of the Environmental Defense Fund describes three grid fixes to help avoid the kind of power outages brought on by recent storms. Hint: Microgrids are among them. After a record-breaking hurricane season and catastrophic wildfires in California, the vulnerabilities of our electric system – and the urgent need to upgrade it – have … [Read more...]

Looking to Puerto Rico’s Long-term Power Needs

Puerto Rico's long-term power needs

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Troy Miller, director of grid solutions at S&C Electric Company, explores how microgrids could help solve Puerto Rico's long-term power needs.  Over the last few weeks, the state of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid has been on everyone’s mind in the power industry. Getting Puerto Rico back online … [Read more...]

Planning for More Reliable Energy Solutions to Natural Disasters One Locale at a Time

reliable energy solutions

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid and renewable integration director for Siemens Energy Management, explores local, reliable energy solutions to natural disasters. The ability to island when the end-use client loses power is arguably the most common application for a microgrid. If microgrid controls could also … [Read more...]

Recent Superstorms Spotlight the Need to Address Aging Electrical Infrastructure

electrical Infrastructure

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel explores how the recent particularly destructive hurricane season put a spotlight on the need to address aging electrical infrastructure.  This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria have had a major impact on human … [Read more...]

Department of Energy Gets it Wrong on Energy Reliability

energy reliability

NRDC's Elizabeth Noll says that the Department of Energy is heading down the wrong path when it comes to energy reliability. Most power outages occur because of transmission and distribution failure. They are not due to lack of power supply. So more coal and nuclear generation will not make the U.S. grid more reliable.  There are three key … [Read more...]

First Trade Association Forms for Africa Mini-grid Developers

Africa mini-grid

Power for All's William Brent interviews Sam Slaughter, a founding member of the first trade association for Africa mini-grid developers. Sam Slaughter, a founding member of the newly formed Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA), tells Power for All that it’s time for the mini-grid sector to move past ideation and start executing at … [Read more...]

Adapting Protection to Island Mode Operation of Microgrids

island mode

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explores some of the challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids.  The challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids vary per the grid topology and the generation sources such as … [Read more...]

India Aims to Electrify All Households by End of 2018

electrify all households

NRDC's Anjali Jaiswal and Nehmat Kaur describe India's new goal to electrify all households by the end of next year, an effort that covers 30 million homes. Scaling-up India’s ambition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new program, Saubhagya Yojna, to electrify all rural and urban households by December 2018. The new program aims to … [Read more...]

Severe Storms Refocus City Leaders on Resiliency and Climate

resiliency and climate

NRDC's Shelley Poticha describes a heightened focus on resiliency and climate by U.S. mayors following recent hurricanes in North America. Tough talk about meeting the challenges of climate change abounded among city leaders at a C40 event marking Climate Week NYC last week, with city leaders staking a claim as first responders in the face … [Read more...]