The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

5 questions to ask when choosing a demand response program for your microgrid

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five questions you can use to determine which demand response program works best for your organization. Demand response programs offer many utility consumers a great way to lower their electric utility bills by reducing the demand component (kilowatts) of monthly … [Read more...]

If microgrids are the future, how can we future-proof microgrids?

Eric Dupont, chief development officer at PowerSecure, explains how working with a microgrid+ developer can ensure microgrids are future-proof. Over the last few years, microgrid deployments have increased throughout the world. As more and more companies commit to reaching ESG goals and boosting resiliency, we should expect this trend in … [Read more...]

How to meet your corporate commitment to net-zero

Adib Nasle, founder and CEO of Xendee, explains how advanced enterprise software can ease the burden of companies looking to illustrate their commitment to net-zero. Net-zero commitments and sustainability targets are dominating conversations in boardrooms across the U.S. In fact, Board Practice Quarterly found that ‘climate and other … [Read more...]

Green resiliency: Securing your stride in the race to net zero

Bob Georgeoff and Leila Dillon of Ameresco outline some of the factors that are driving a growing number of organizations to set net-zero goals and how microgrids tie it all together. As net-zero corporate pledges continue to rise, there is increasing focus on the specific pathways companies will be taking to achieve these goals. … [Read more...]

In high price environment, ‘wishful thinking’ isn’t a winning energy strategy for businesses

Amin Najjar, president and CEO, facilities and building services, at Veolia North America outlines a multistep strategy to maintaining rational energy costs during times of high prices. After years of consistently low prices for natural gas that help set the price of electricity, it’s easy to understand why a business might have become … [Read more...]

Microgrids are everywhere — and they’re incredibly accessible

As organizations move toward net-zero carbon initiatives, microgrids have become a driving force in the overall sustainability trajectory because of their expansive application across industries. Jana Gerber, microgrid North America president at Schneider Electric, explains. The need for advanced electrical storage and distributed energy … [Read more...]

Rapidly deployable solar microgrids for lower power applications

Mike Collom, director of strategic accounts for EnTech Solutions, explains why configurable, transportable, sustainable and resilient solar microgrids are a rapidly deployable solution that can provide clean power for numerous applications. When most people think of microgrids, they think of large-scale solutions that are developed to … [Read more...]

Two pitfalls to avoid when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid

Colin MacKenzie, principal consultant at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains two of the key questions to ask when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid. The need for a resilient source of power is becoming increasingly important for industrial facilities. As they face growing threats from wildfires, natural disasters and a host of … [Read more...]

Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Energy self-sufficiency in residential and mixed-use developments

Jonathan Abaee, senior sales manager, gas power solutions, North America for the Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce, explores how the energy self-sufficiency supplied by residential microgrids can benefit communities. In the US, we’ve had political debates for decades over energy independence and removing our dependence on foreign oil, … [Read more...]