Leaving Uncertainty Behind: Real Time Simulation for Microgrids

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Kati Sidwall, of RTDS Technologies, explains how microgrid popularity and a growing market has ramped up demand for testing facilities and detailed microgrid simulation.  The relevance of microgrids to the modern power system has become so significant that fewer and fewer players – whether utilities, equipment developers, policymakers or … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? The Evolving Energy Landscape

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Concord Engineering Group's Joe Sullivan walks readers through the evolving landscape that is bringing about energy independence. This shift involves a reshaping of our approach to producing and delivering electric power and answers the question: Why microgrids? Fifteen years ago no one would have foreseen that the United Sates lead by … [Read more...]

Micro or Mini: There’s a Grid Type for Every Energy Need

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun highlights the growing microgrid options for communities, businesses and institutions today. Microgrids or minigrids? Haun breaks it down.  In its Q4 2018 Microgrid Deployment Tracker, Navigant Research reported 2,258 microgrid projects, representing nearly 20 GW of capacity across seven geographies. Interestingly, … [Read more...]

When Will Microgrids Be Mainstream? They Already Are

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S&C Electric's Chris Evanich opens our eyes to the future of microgrids and smart homes, a future that it turns out has already arrived. Within the utility industry, the question often comes up, ‘When will microgrids be mainstream?’ Well, the short answer is: they already are. Years ago, homeowners were speculating about when we would … [Read more...]

Beneficial Electrification: Power as the Energy Source for Travel, Homes, Farms

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NRDC's Derek Murrow describes a partnership with America’s Electric Cooperatives to bring 'beneficial electrification' to areas of the economy traditionally reliant on fossil fuels. What if your water heater could function as a backup battery for the electric grid, and your kids rode to school in a clean electric bus that charged overnight, … [Read more...]

Climate Auctions: A 21st-Century Alternative to Grants and Loans

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Tyeler Matsuo and Julia Meisel, of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), explore climate auctions. This 21st century alternative to grants and loans uses competitive bidding to disperse public funding to carbon-reducing projects. With scientific reports warning of the urgency of concerted climate action, and with current national climate targets … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

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New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

Transforming Electric Supply for Small-Town and Rural America

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Kevin Brehm, Madeline Tyson and Jeff Waller offer takeways on how rural electric cooperatives are transforming electric supply with distributed energy resources (DERs). The rural electric system — like the rest of the US electric system — was designed to capture economies of scale that defined how power was … [Read more...]

How to Get Started on Your Microgrid Project

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Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, describes the process of getting started on your microgrid project. I am just returning from a microgrid leadership workshop that was hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, known by many as NREL, where one of the topics of discussion regarded how to help clients to get … [Read more...]

How to Improve Energy Management of Your Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility

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Mike Byrnes, chief operating officer of Veolia North America, discusses how to improve energy efficiency and resiliency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and access new revenue streams at water and wastewater treatment facilities. Reliable and cost effective energy supply and usage is a significant economic driver for local governments and … [Read more...]