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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Hindering Broader Microgrid Adoption: Departing Load and Standby Charges

Steve Pullins of AlphaStruxure makes the case that utility standby charges and departing load charges are inherently unfair. If the microgrid customer expects a service from the utility and it fails, then the customer should expect a rebate on standby charges, Pullins argues. By now, most people know that microgrids featuring on-site, … [Read more...]

7 Energy Storage Questions Answered

Ben Lavoie, of Ameresco, describes what drives the battery energy storage market, why it's valuable to pair storage and distributed energy, and how close battery storage is to becoming the norm. Microgrid Knowledge (MGK): Give us the background: From your view as an energy services provider, how are organizations maximizing the benefits of … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Transform Hospital Energy Usage

Lance Haines, chief technology officer-microgrids at Schneider Electric, explains how microgrids improve hospital energy resiliency, efficiency and flexibility.  Technology and patient care go together. Since the global pandemic, hospitals have aggressively sought digital transformation of their infrastructure as medical professionals seek … [Read more...]

Developing a Greener Resilient Microgrid: Not Impossible, but Difficult

The industry is trying to create a greener resilient microgrid, but it's not easy, as Concord Engineering's Michael Boswell explains. Solar has been and continues to be an anchor renewable energy distributed energy resource (DER) for microgrids. But the shortcomings of photovoltaic (PV) solar as a DER that actually contributes to resiliency … [Read more...]

Natural Gas Generators: Not Only Relevant but Critical to Microgrids

Generac's Jamie Smith explores the importance of natural gas generators for today's microgrids.  Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, interest in distributed generation solutions and microgrids continues to accelerate. A busy hurricane season and utility safety shutdown programs have commercial and industrial energy consumers seeking … [Read more...]

Transitioning Microgrid Technology to the US Department of Defense through the ESTCP Demonstration Program

Ben Lavoie, lead engineer — energy storage, federal solutions at Ameresco, shares findings from three-phase research on advanced energy storage systems and microgrid technology in partnership with the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.  The ESTCP is a program that funds carefully selected demonstration projects to … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2020 — Experts Lead Industry through Tumultuous Year

2020 was one for the books in the energy industry — and just about every industry — rocked by the beginnings of a global pandemic early in the year, followed by an unmatched hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and rampant wildfires in California. Energy reliability became more crucial in a year full of unknowns, not to mention power … [Read more...]

The Rise of the DC Coupled Microgrid

Why combining solar and storage in the DC side of the inverter is the next big thing in microgrids. Explore the potential of the DC coupled microgrid with Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems.  The defining feature of any microgrid is the fact that it generates and consumes its power without having to rely on the support of the … [Read more...]

Writing a Request for Microgrid Proposal Is Easy — If You’ve Done the Hard Work

Issuing a request for proposal is a common way for a facilities manager to find microgrid developers and vendors. How can you create a microgrid RFP that attracts high quality responses? Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight. Suppliers and integrators of microgrids are in the business of … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, describes the best practices that have emerged from successful U.S. community microgrids. These offer a roadmap for the next generation of community microgrids. Despite their many benefits, community microgrids face myriad regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers to implementation. … [Read more...]