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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

An Open Letter to the Microgrid Industry

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Following rejection of a microgrid by Carson, California, Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, urges  the industry to join forces to create standards and better educate communities about the value of the technology. The City of Carson was given the opportunity to participate in a $10 million grant provided by the … [Read more...]

Increasing Sustainability of Healthcare Facility Distributed Energy Systems

Healthcare Facility Distributed Energy Systems

How can hospitals improve power supply availability, sustainability and cost -- even through major emergencies? Russelectric's Tim Kelley explains the value of healthcare facility distributed energy systems. Continuous power supply is critical to maintain healthcare facilities and the health and safety of patients during emergency … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Financing Options Can Help Manage Your Risk

microgrid financing options

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz explores a variety of microgrid financing options that can help better manage risk and enhance microgrid value.  Imagine you made the decision to move forward with a microgrid and now it is time for the dreaded question of how to pay for it. One simple preferred business … [Read more...]

Why and How Puerto Rico Must Prioritize Distributed Energy Resources

distributed energy resources

IEEFA's Cathy Kunkel argues that Puerto Rico should employ Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) that prioritizes cost-effective distributed energy resources over imported natural gas. Puerto Rico has a historic opportunity to rebuild its electrical system and phase out its obsolete oil-fired generation in favor of a much more decentralized and … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Lessons Learned about Resiliency from Visiting Puerto Rico

resiliency

This  Industry Perspectives' column was one of the most-read on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018.  Julia Hamm of the Solar Electric Power Alliance describes her organization's work fostering microgrids and distributed energy in Puerto Rico — and how she doubled down on her commitment after visiting the hurricane-torn … [Read more...]

Study: Using EVs Instead of Stationary Batteries Could Save Billions

energy storage

NRDC's Pamela MacDougall and Vignesh Gowrishankar report on new energy storage research that indicates that using EVs for grid storage instead of stationary batteries could save electricity customers billions of dollars. Our clean energy future will require more energy storage to help ensure the lights stay on when the sun isn’t shining or the … [Read more...]

Next Steps for Illinois’ NextGrid

Nextgrid

Jessica Collingsworth of the Union of Concerned Scientists provides an update on NextGrid, a grid modernization effort in Illinois, which is the subject of public comment sessions this week. Last year, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) launched NextGrid,  a collaboration between key stakeholders to create a shared base of information … [Read more...]

The Challenge to Meet Today’s Energy Demands

energy demands

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric microgrids business leader Andy Haun explores how to address the challenges of today's energy demands.  By now, it's apparent our aging power grid is ill-equipped to handle the increasing demands brought about by a growing, connected world. Digitization, combined with the shift … [Read more...]

How Energy-as-a-Service is Reducing the Risks of Energy Transformation at Campuses

Energy-as-a-Service on campuses

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service reduces the risk involved in energy updates and transformation on our college campuses. Energy-as-a-service on campuses can greatly lower the cost involved in microgrid build and deployment.  From an energy … [Read more...]

The Art — and Challenges — of Monetizing Resilience

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explores the ins and outs of monetizing resilience, and how the industry is working to place a value on energy stability.  Various folks have tried to place a value on resilience, including universities, government agencies, large industrials, and utilities. Each has … [Read more...]