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Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

What Senegal Needs to do to Close its Energy Gap by 2030

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Erik Nordman, of Grand Valley State University, describes strides to achieve universal electricity access in Senegal and the role of microgrids. Affordable and clean energy is the foundation for many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Modern energy, like electricity and liquified petroleum gas, is a vital need for … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned about Resiliency from Visiting Puerto Rico

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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 island. Prior to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, I was generally aware that Puerto Rico’s electric system was in … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Institute: Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2017

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Laurie Guevara-Stone of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explains why it was a good year for solar, renewable microgrids, energy efficiency, blockchain, climate change efforts and other clean energy initiatives. Sure 2017 had its mishaps (and we’re not just talking about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco). But it also had some great moments. … [Read more...]

Yes, the Grid Can Handle Electric Vehicles Just Fine: Report

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NRDC's Noah Garcia describes the latest utility research on how electric vehicles affect the electric grid -- and it's good news. “Clean up the grid. Electrify everything.” That’s a brief summary of what Southern California Edison and a growing number of U.S. electric utilities are aiming for to decarbonize the power and transportation … [Read more...]

Can Waste-to-Energy Microgrids be the Missing Link for Puerto Rico?

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IQgrid's Myles Mangram urges Puerto Rico to consider waste-to-energy microgrids as it rebuilds post-Hurricane Maria. The technology can simultaneously take care of two problems characteristic of storm-damaged areas: lack of power and an accumulation of waste. On September 6, Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 5 storm, … [Read more...]

The Importance of Operator Engagement in a Microgrid Project

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 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...]

Puerto Rico – Pioneer in Microgrids

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Mahesh Bhave, of BHAVE Power Systems, says that the entire world stands to benefit as Puerto Rico gives full policy attention to microgrids and confronts fundamental questions about electricity policy. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission deserves praise for raising the right and important questions about the future of electricity on the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Deployment Rises: The Biggest Disruptor to the Power Industry is Here

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, describes how a rise in microgrid deployment is disrupting today's power industry. Last month, Microgrid Knowledge and the International District Energy Association (IDEA) hosted the Microgrid 2017 Conference in Boston. The sold-out event drew … [Read more...]

Fast Load Shedding, Automated Protective Relays and GOOSE Communications

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives,  Ameresco's Troy Wilsey explores how tools like fast load shedding, automated protective relays, GOOSE communications and more can improve energy resiliency.  Use of the noun resiliency, or resilience, has increased significantly in recent years. That's true in the mainstream media, and it's the case more … [Read more...]

Microgrid Development: Considering Power Generation Resources

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Frank Wolak, Vice President Sales - Americas at FuelCell Energy, discusses microgrid development and the importance of selecting the right primary power generation resource. The US Department of Energy defines the microgrid as ''a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within … [Read more...]