Remote Microgrids: Flexible, Sustainable and a Key to Decarbonization

A new white paper from Generac explores how remote microgrids can make the overall energy system more flexible and resilient as well as a stepping stone toward decarbonization. The electric distribution and transmission system has  followed the same hub-and-spoke model for nearly 140 years. But as demand for energy grows around the world, … [Read more...]

Energy Optimization: Connecting Distribution Centers to the Grid

A new report from Generac explores energy optimization at distribution centers and the economics of monetizing generators by connecting them to the grid. Aging infrastructure means that in many areas of the country electric reliability is not what it should be. Outages at distribution centers can cost upwards of $100,000 per hour at both … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation ‘Important, Efficient and Economical’ for Reliable Operation of Electric Grid

A new white paper from Generac explains why distributed generation is "important, efficient and economical" for the safe and reliable operation of the electric grid. The paper also looks at technologies that are best positioned to support the grid, including rich burn generation. This report aims to paint a clear picture of the different … [Read more...]

Increasing Value of Energy Resilience, Reliability in Today’s Climate

Chris Cummiskey, chief commercial and customer solutions officer at Southern Company and PowerSecure CEO, sits down virtually with Sarah Rubenoff, special projects editor at Microgrid Knowledge, to discuss the growing value of energy resilience in a world increasingly wracked by climate change. PowerSecure's CEO Cummiskey has also taken on the … [Read more...]

Engine-Driven Generators Continue to Enable Application Flexibility for Microgrid Operations

Microgrids are designed to increase energy resiliency and reliability, both of which are becoming increasingly important in an era wracked by climate change and a global pandemic. A new report from Generac contends that engine-driven generators burning a variety of fossil fuels can provide last-step resiliency for the microgrid that "cannot be … [Read more...]

Top 10 Microgrid White Papers of 2020 — Expert Energy Strategies Amid a Turbulent Year

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year was one for the books for almost every industry. But the energy industry was also responding to other unique occurrences, such as significant wildfires in California and multiple hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. In light of these challenges, many in the industry turned to expert advice and strategies … [Read more...]

How to Get off the Grid Through Efforts Fueled by the Natural Gas Distribution System

Alternative energy options are growing at a rapid pace. And it can be hard to wade through the variety of choices. A new report from Mesa Solutions aims to provide an approach that provides an option to get off the grid, while retaining stability, cost efficiency and reliability. The report is titled, "How to Get Off the Electric Grid, … [Read more...]

Energy Resilience Top of Mind for Microgrid Customers in the New Year

Chris Cummiskey, chief commercial and customer solutions officer at the Southern Company, sits down virtually with Sarah Rubenoff, special projects editor at Microgrid Knowledge, to discuss the growing value of energy resiliency in a world increasingly wracked by the results of climate change — and what this means for the microgrid industry going … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Face Challenges, but Tides are Turning as States Embrace Microgrid Development

Community microgrids are on the rise and growing in popularity. However, in many jurisdictions, various financial, institutional (regulatory and legal), and perceptional barriers present key challenges to community microgrid implementation. That's according to a new white paper from Hoffman Power Consulting. The report points out that to … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Lessons to Set a Project up for Success

When most people think about microgrids, they likely think about a resiliency tool or "back-up plan" for a critical facility, such as a hospital or school. But the community microgrid is a different animal all together. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power Consulting. Community microgrids can serve more than 1,000 energy … [Read more...]