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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Call for Clean, Reliable and Equitable Electricity in Consumers Energy IRP

Samantha Williams, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, issues a call to action to encourage clean, reliable and equitable energy in the upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Consumers Energy in Michigan. Consumers Energy has an important regulatory filing coming up that is going to impact every single person living in Michigan. … [Read more...]

Can a Microgrid be a Resilience Superhero?

Microgrids can enhance energy resilience in the face of wildfires and extreme weather, not only by islanding, but also in several other ways. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how. By islanding during extreme events such as wildfires and hurricanes, microgrids add resilience to their list of potential benefits, … [Read more...]

Whether Facing a Cyberattack or a Pandemic, Preparation Is Critical

S&C Electric’s Stephanie Pine explains why cybersecurity and threat preparation is critical for the utility industry during uncertain times — a fact underscored by the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the ultimate lesson in the value of preparation and crisis management. As we’ve collectively experienced this pandemic, it has … [Read more...]

Microgrid Optimization: Buzzword or Must Have?

Scott Kessler, microgrid strategy  and sales at Siemens Digital Grid, explores the ins and outs of microgrid optimization and three approaches to help determine the correct optimization strategy.  Just a few years ago, microgrids were simple.  A diesel generator sat for long periods until a facility manager manually disconnected the site … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Intelligently Controlled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

As the share of renewable energy increases and utilities evolve, solar plus storage microgrids with intelligent controls become increasingly attractive. Amanda Kabak, chief technology officer and principal architect at CleanSpark, explains why. Solar energy has gained traction in the energy market, altering the load profiles that utilities … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

A Greener, Post Pandemic World: How do we Get There?

Mark Feasel, president, smart grid - North America at Schneider Electric, explores what can be done to set up a more energy efficient, greener post pandemic world using energy-as-a-service (EaaS). It has been more than five months since most states in the US initiated their first COVID-19 lockdown and talks around reopening feels premature … [Read more...]

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

It Takes a Village to Build a Microgrid, and the Village Needs a ‘Mayor’

S&C Electric’s Erik Svanholm explores the human element of building a microgrid, and what goes into advanced microgrid design.  Much has been written about the vast technical progress in advanced microgrid design and the avenues to finance these critical systems. Understanding the complexities of design and finance is critical to a … [Read more...]

What are Connected Communities? And Why are they the Future?

Someday soon, you might live in a building that is connected to others in a way that helps reduce your utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions, write Victor Olgyay and Seth Coan of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Here they explain the emergence of connected communities. Looking out your window you might see another building. … [Read more...]