The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

Climate Action Is Needed Now – Microgrid Solutions Are Leading the (Green) Way

Gregg Morasca of Schneider Electric explores how organizations in the western United States are addressing climate change by undertaking the necessary and urgent introduction of microgrid solutions. The last year has brought a sense of reevaluation to the world, with both individuals as well as businesses pausing to take stock of what is … [Read more...]

Microgrids – Integral to Meeting Climate and ESG Goals

Michael Boswell of Concord Engineering explores how microgrids can help organizations meet their climate and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals. Decentralized renewable energy technologies, bundled and operated as a microgrid, provide the opportunity and the means for accelerating sustainable energy solutions and … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Myths Debunked

Sean McEvoy, senior vice president of energy at Veritone, debunks three common microgrid myths around cost, value and predictability. Microgrids deliver many benefits to utilities, independent power producers and power consumers. They can incorporate distributed renewable generation, distributed energy systems (DES), EVs and demand response. … [Read more...]

Is It Time to Dust Off Your Microgrid Implementation Plan?

Emily LeJeune, manager-federal market, S&C Electric shares the five critical stages that should be included in every microgrid implementation plan. More microgrids are being used to support the electric grid each year because they are flexible solutions for a variety of energy challenges. Despite their growing prevalence, microgrids are … [Read more...]

The Word is . . . Flexibility

Microgrids are flexible. Here’s how, and why that’s important.  Why flexibility? A recent Accenture survey and report spotlights the importance of building resilience via flexibility. According to over 200 utility executives, increased system flexibility is the greatest resilience priority over the next decade. What’s more, 95% believe … [Read more...]

How to Model Electricity Bill Savings for Microgrid Developers

Rob Hong, co-founder and CEO of Sapling Financial Consultants shares insights on how microgrid developers can illustrate electricity bill savings to their customers. One of the most important pieces of the sale process for microgrid developers is to show how customers will realize cost savings compared to their current arrangement with their … [Read more...]

Supply vs. Demand: The One-Million Megawatt Hour Opportunity

Nash Whitney, director of sales at Generac Power Solutions, explores how distributed generation and microgrids can provide grid flexibility, as evidenced during Winter Storm Uri in ERCOT. Efficient markets maximize the utilization of resources and, by consequence, provide the lowest cost or price. For instance, ERCOT provides some of the … [Read more...]

Is Digital Twin Technology a Game Changer for Community Microgrids?

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how creating a digital twin may improve regulator, utility and local acceptance of community microgrids. Rising interest in community microgrids Counties and cities are increasingly recognizing the value of community microgrids to enhance community resilience and … [Read more...]

How to Weather Hurricane Season with a Resilient Microgrid

Mark Kille, business development manager at Mesa Solutions, provides tips on how businesses can survive hurricane season with a resilient microgrid. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more destructive, causing longer power outages and making hurricane preparedness more … [Read more...]

After the Texas Storm: Time to Shift the Narrative on Energy Infrastructure

Kelly Land, business development manager, commercial assets at PowerSecure, shares insights gleaned from the winter storm that took Texas by surprise, crippling the state's energy infrastructure. An unanticipated Winter Storm Uri arrived in Texas in early 2021, crippling infrastructure across the state. The combination of record winter peak … [Read more...]