The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

Developing a Greener Resilient Microgrid: Not Impossible, but Difficult

The industry is trying to create a greener resilient microgrid, but it's not easy, as Concord Engineering's Michael Boswell explains. Solar has been and continues to be an anchor renewable energy distributed energy resource (DER) for microgrids. But the shortcomings of photovoltaic (PV) solar as a DER that actually contributes to resiliency … [Read more...]

Natural Gas Generators: Not Only Relevant but Critical to Microgrids

Generac's Jamie Smith explores the importance of natural gas generators for today's microgrids.  Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, interest in distributed generation solutions and microgrids continues to accelerate. A busy hurricane season and utility safety shutdown programs have commercial and industrial energy consumers seeking … [Read more...]

Transitioning Microgrid Technology to the US Department of Defense through the ESTCP Demonstration Program

Ben Lavoie, lead engineer — energy storage, federal solutions at Ameresco, shares findings from three-phase research on advanced energy storage systems and microgrid technology in partnership with the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.  The ESTCP is a program that funds carefully selected demonstration projects to … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2020 — Experts Lead Industry through Tumultuous Year

2020 was one for the books in the energy industry — and just about every industry — rocked by the beginnings of a global pandemic early in the year, followed by an unmatched hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and rampant wildfires in California. Energy reliability became more crucial in a year full of unknowns, not to mention power … [Read more...]

The Rise of the DC Coupled Microgrid

Why combining solar and storage in the DC side of the inverter is the next big thing in microgrids. Explore the potential of the DC coupled microgrid with Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems.  The defining feature of any microgrid is the fact that it generates and consumes its power without having to rely on the support of the … [Read more...]

Writing a Request for Microgrid Proposal Is Easy — If You’ve Done the Hard Work

Issuing a request for proposal is a common way for a facilities manager to find microgrid developers and vendors. How can you create a microgrid RFP that attracts high quality responses? Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight. Suppliers and integrators of microgrids are in the business of … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, describes the best practices that have emerged from successful U.S. community microgrids. These offer a roadmap for the next generation of community microgrids. Despite their many benefits, community microgrids face myriad regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers to implementation. … [Read more...]

The Intricate Act of Optimizing Your Microgrid

Bryan Knight, director of structured finance at PowerSecure, explains the challenges associated with creating an optimized microgrid and how to overcome them. Microgrids should be like a set of fingerprints, with no two being exactly alike. There are simply too many variables at play for a one-size-fits-all approach. Success is measured … [Read more...]

Transfer the Risk with Energy as a Service

Energy as a service (EaaS) agreements allow energy customers to transfer the risks associated with owning energy assets, and focus on their core mission. It is also an attractive option for businesses with capital constraints. Louis Maltezos, executive vice president at Ameresco, discusses this route with Microgrid Knowledge. What is energy as a … [Read more...]

Energy for the People: Microgrids and the Democratization of Energy

Lance Haines, chief technology officer - Microgrids, at Schneider Electric speaks on microgrids and modernizing the grid — and how the two are intrinsically connected.  The US has made significant efforts towards modernizing its electrical grid, yet the existing disparity in power quality and electricity savings achieved among communities … [Read more...]