Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

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Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge , explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrids Pushing New Generation of Development

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Colleges and universities were some of the earliest adopters of microgrids in North America. Campus microgrids initially sprang up out of the need for reliable energy sources as the grid was still developing. Now, a variety of drivers are pushing a new round of microgrid development on college campuses. A white paper from Hitachi, "New … [Read more...]

Learning From Successful Real World Healthcare Microgrids

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This is the sixth and final article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  When a storm knocks out your neighborhood power, you can hunker down and ride out the loss without too much stress. You can also borrow some ‘bread and … [Read more...]

Perks of the No Money Down Microgrid for Healthcare Facilities

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Too many hospitals are unaware that they do not need to dive into their capital to install a healthcare microgrid, as we explain in the fifth article in our series on the healthcare microgrid. Given today’s uncertainties about healthcare policy in the United States, hospitals are understandably wary of making large capital investments. And … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

What Makes Hospital Microgrids Efficient and Green?

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This is the fourth article in a series that looks at hospital microgrids and how they create more resilient communities and open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy for healthcare facilities. Hospitals have been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability planning. As early as 2013, nearly 90 percent of hospitals said … [Read more...]

More than Back-up Power: The Genius of the Healthcare Microgrid

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This is third article in a series that examines the healthcare microgrid and its value to medical facilities that want to lower cost energy costs and improve electric reliability. During the Northeast blackout of 2003 half of New York City’s 58 hospitals suffered failures in their back-up power generators, according to the U.S. Environmental … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]

What are Healthcare Microgrids and How Can They Make Your Community More Resilient?

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This is second article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  Society has grown increasingly aware of the electric grid’s vulnerabilities. And with that awareness has come investigation into technologies that can protect our … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrids: A Guide to More Reliable, Clean, Lower-Cost Energy for Hospitals

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This is first article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals.  The senior population is on a path to double in the U.S, and even triple in Europe, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This creates pressure to expand hospitals, healthcare networks, assisted … [Read more...]