Innovation in US Infrastructure: A Digitized Future is Upon Us

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Mark Feasel of Schneider Electric looks at the Port of Long Beach in California as a model for how we can modernize infrastructure. Despite its position as a world power, the US infrastructure ranks behind that of most other advanced nations.  Today, the US spends less on infrastructure as a percentage of GDP than at any time in the past … [Read more...]

Hybrid-Fueled Microgrids: The Future is Now

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Want to know more about the potential of hybrid-fueled microgrids? S&C Electric’s Chris Evanich outlines one of the arguably smartest microgrid strategies of today.  Propelled by the desire for more resilient and cost-effective smart energy systems, microgrids have quickly become one of the most popular topics of discussion in the energy … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

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Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in Puerto … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

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Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

Most Read Industry Perspective Columns of 2018: Energy Storage, Microgrid Financing, EVs

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Over the course of each year, energy leaders from throughout the spectrum of microgrid industries offer insight to our readers through the Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives column. The column features experts from leading companies and organizations, among them Ameresco, Dynamic Energy Networks, Eaton, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, … [Read more...]

Smoothing The Sun: Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego’s Microgrid

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Maxwell Technologies' Jessica Baris explores the ins and outs of the innovative ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s microgrid and how the energy storage system works.  For a smattering of days this year, Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s coastal campus. Wilk, a senior systems engineer at Maxwell … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Offers Hope to Airports, Railways and Seaports through Technological and Financial Innovation

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Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service can impact railways, airports and seaports to increase resiliency for America's transportation.  Railways, airports and seaports connect people and goods in essential ways, both locally and globally. Unfortunately, this connection becomes vulnerable … [Read more...]

How Undergrid Minigrids Could Shore Up Unreliable Electricity in Nigeria and Beyond

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Sachi Graber of the Rocky Mountain Institute describes a $200 million opportunity in Nigeria to develop undergrid minigrids, projects that shore up electricity for those served by unreliable grids. Traditionally in sub-Saharan Africa, electrification efforts have emphasized the hundreds of millions of people who live off-grid, with no … [Read more...]

What Exactly Do Green Banks Do? This Database Will Tell You

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The National Defense Resource Council's Bettina Begroo takes a look at the purpose of green banks and how they help tackle climate change.  The way UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it last month upon appointing former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the Special Envoy for Climate Action, mobilizing capital resources from public and … [Read more...]