Microgrid Business Strategy: An Evolutionary Industry Perspective

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Anthony Colonnese, Ameresco’s vice president - energy security solutions, describes the evolution of Ameresco’s microgrid business strategy — from energy efficiency to today’s battery storage advances. Energy efficiency was front and center when the Ameresco team first began carrying out projects for the US government and military over seventeen … [Read more...]

The Case for Microgrids on Skids: Small and Modular

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Hitachi's Steve Pullins and Brian Levite explore the possibilities of small, modular microgrid solutions that could be designed once and built in a controlled environment; what they are calling microgrids on skids. The case for microgrids has been made many times here on the pages of Microgrid … [Read more...]

The Potential of DC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Dynapower's Chip Palombini shares how DC-coupled solar plus storage microgrids can help maximize energy potential and cut down on installation costs.  As utilities improve grid resiliency through the use of non-transmission alternatives, solar plus storage microgrids have gained traction for their … [Read more...]

RGGI Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Another 30%

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NRDC's Bruce Ho and Jackson Morris provide details on a plan to further reduce carbon emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state cap and trade program. A bipartisan coalition of nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states today  (8/23/2017) agreed to a bold plan to cut power plant pollution by at least another 30 … [Read more...]

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources.  Total energy production in the United States increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 per the U.S. Energy … [Read more...]

A Carbon Adder for New York? Here’s What You Need to Know

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NRDC's Jackson Morris explains why New York is exploring a carbon adder to meet climate goals and how it would work. Imagine what would happen if the utilities buying the electricity to power our homes and businesses had to pay more for it depending on how much carbon pollution the power plants supplying the power pumped into the atmosphere? … [Read more...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

Expect the DOE Electric Grid Study to End with a Fizzle, Not a Bang: NRDC

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John Moore and Miles Farmer, of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explain why a much-anticipated DOE electric grid study is unlikely to succeed in propping up coal over renewables. Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]