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

private funding strategies

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

zero-carbon electricity

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...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

data centers microgrids

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your … [Read more...]

Community Energy Solutions in Boston: Next Steps

community energy solutions

Bradford Swing, Boston's director of energy policy and programs, describes the city's action to promote community energy solutions, including district energy microgrids. In June 2018, Boston took two actions to promote community energy solutions in both the public and private sectors. First, Boston started a feasibility assessment funded by … [Read more...]

Supplying Reliable Microgrids for Puerto Rico’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Industry

Puerto Rico

Patrick Meyers, Veolia’s director of  business development – Puerto Rico, outlines the opportunities for microgrids to support industrial and commercial facilities, and Veolia’s commitment to playing a major role in this space. Puerto Rico’s diverse range of industrial and commercial facilities suffered hugely after last year’s Hurricanes … [Read more...]

Transactive Energy and Blockchain: Can Technology Tackle Our Big Challenges?

transactive energy

The business world is smitten with blockchain, with energy no exception. Blockchain can solve some challenges posed by distributed energy and transactive energy pricing, but it is just a start. Kay Aikin, CEO of Introspective Systems explains. It’s easy to understand why blockchain is hot -- this technology offers a new approach to … [Read more...]

The Time Has Come for a New Approach to Energy-as-a-Service

private funding strategies

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN), explores a new approach to energy-as-a-service.  What’s the true value of energy? Of all the factors executives must consider as they guide and protect their organization’s financial condition the role of energy is fundamental. For … [Read more...]

Enhancing Energy Resilience, Reducing Risk Through a Microgrid Approach

power outages

In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment and smart grid at ‎Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can increase energy resilience and cut down on risks associated with power outages.  In an increasingly connected society, the economic impact of extreme weather and associated … [Read more...]

Turning your Commercial Solar Energy System into a Microgrid

Russelectric

Tim Kelley, director of renewable and storage solutions at Russelectric, highlights the benefits of turning a solar energy system into a microgrid. An estimated 9 – 10 GW, representing 100,000 commercial solar energy systems, were installed in the US between 2010 and 2017. This is derived from Solar Energy Industries Association data, and … [Read more...]