The Microgrid Perspective Channel

Guest columns by leading industry experts delivering a microgrid perspective on energy resiliency, sustainability and the future of distributed energy.

New Video: Beyond Resilience in the Age of Extremes

How can we enhance resilience, decarbonize and enhance electricity affordability — all with the same solution? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. The age of extremes Our world is changing; we seem to have entered an age of extremes. As we’ve all seen, hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity. Unprecedented … [Read more...]

The Strategic Role of AI for Microgrids

Sean McEvoy, senior VP Energy at Veritone, describes AI for microgrids and explains how it provides reliable power with speed and precision. The AI challenge: Predicting the unpredictable Advanced microgrids manage a range of variables in their effort to produce the cleanest, most efficient and most reliable energy. Even under ideal … [Read more...]

Building the Business Case for Resilience

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton shares insights on how to gain approval for microgrid projects by building the business case for resilience. Extreme weather events are affecting millions of people with increasing frequency. The National Climate Assessment reports the number of heat waves, heavy downpours … [Read more...]

Microgrid Adoption – Addressing Sustainability Goals While Growing the Job Market

Don Wingate, vice president of utility & microgrid solutions at Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can help organizations meet their sustainability goals while also enabling job growth. The energy landscape is changing – there's no question about that. Throughout the US and around the world, we are facing numerous challenges as … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs: What Accelerates and What Inhibits a Microgrid Project?

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explores how microgrid costs can both drive and inhibit microgrid projects. People usually focus first on the questions of what is a microgrid, what does it do, and what does it cost? Here’s a much better first thought: "Yes, we could get a microgrid, but why would we … [Read more...]

Innovations in Energy as a Service

Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse Insights, discusses new energy-as-a-service (EaaS) offerings in the microgrid space, including innovations for customers with commercial and industrial microgrids. The beauty of a microgrid is its ability to customize an on-site sustainable energy system to meet the exact needs of the host site. … [Read more...]

Evolution of Microgrid Manufacturing

Tony Soverns, chief technology officer at Go Electric, explains why the next advances in the market will be driven by new microgrid manufacturing and production systems. When we talk about the evolution of microgrids, we tend to talk about the technology and its applications. We focus on the possibility of new advancements in energy storage, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Procurement: How to Select the Right Partners from an Alphabet Soup of Vendors

Scott Kessler, Siemens’ head of microgrid strategy and sales, explains the pitfalls of inadvertently building a microgrid with incompatible components and how microgrid developers can beware. Critics of Apple often cite as a significant drawback the fact that the computer and consumer electronics giant’s products don’t play nicely with other … [Read more...]

Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Microgrids

Marshall Worth, senior project manager AI at PowerSecure, discusses artificial intelligence and a practical approach that microgrid customers can take today to achieve their energy goals of the future. “Alexa, reduce my energy costs!” With as fast as technology has progressed over the last decade, and with the promise of self-driving cars on … [Read more...]

Why the Engines Powering Your Generator Matter and the Benefits of Multiplying Them in a Single Microgrid

Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas, explores why the engine powering your microgrid generator matters and how using multiple generators in a single microgrid application can actually be a source of cost savings. Microgrids often operate in demanding environments or mission critical situations … [Read more...]