The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

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...]

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...]

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...]

CleanSpark CEO Discusses Residential Microgrids

Zachary Bradford, CEO and president of CleanSpark , sat down with Microgrid Knowledge to talk about the growth of residential microgrids and how the new administration can encourage faster consumer adoption rates. CleanSpark,  a technology company focused on microgrid software, is seeing significant growth in the residential market, according to … [Read more...]

Old Actors Play New Roles in the Age of Extremes

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how empowered counties, frazzled citizens and businesses with a distributed workforce are emerging from the pandemic – seeking resilience. A new age We have now entered the Age of Extremes. Even before the 2020 hurricane and wildfire seasons, 87% of respondents in a … [Read more...]

California’s First-of-a-Kind Microgrid for Wastewater Treatment

Mike Byrnes, senior vice president of Veolia North America and CEO of SourceOne, Veolia's energy consulting company, discusses an innovative California microgrid project bringing energy independence, greater resiliency and efficiency for Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.  Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as … [Read more...]

Market Leaders Point the Way as the Microgrid Controls Market Advances

Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, describes the state of the market for microgrid controls — a technology known as the "brain" of the microgrid — and what companies are leading the way.  The success of the microgrid market depends on digital control platforms that can orchestrate diverse distributed energy resources (DER) into a … [Read more...]

EVs Are a Disruptive Force. Smart Microgrids Are the Answer to Manage the Disruption

Scott Kessler, head of Microgrid Strategy & Sales at Siemens, describes electric vehicles (EVs) as classic disruptive technology and explains how microgrids manage the disruption. The headlines in 2021 from automakers making bold EV commitments have been dizzying. Jaguar, Volvo and General Motors have pledged to make 100% electric … [Read more...]