The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

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...]

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...]