Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey’s Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

town center microgrids

New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. “I'd expect we'll begin to see the results in five or six … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

EV infrastructure

A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the grid … [Read more...]

Award-winning Idea: Microgrid that Uses Stored Wind Power for Remote Canada

energy storage microgrid

Remote communities across Canada's far northern provinces rely on diesel and bunker-fuel generators for electricity. A dramatic change for the better may be in store – if efforts to fully realize a wind power-battery energy storage microgrid come to fruition. The conceptual designers of IceGrid – a university marine research scientist, a … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service: Schneider Electric and DEN Partner to Simplify Microgrid Adoption

energy-as-a-service

  Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, and Mark Feasel, vice president, utility and smart grids at Schneider Electric, describe financing innovations, energy-as-a-service and other advantages their partnership brings to the microgrid market.  Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, interviews the two industry … [Read more...]

Highly Sophisticated Microgrid Emerges from the Woods of Wisconsin

sophisticated microgrid

Moving the idea of the sophisticated microgrid beyond theory, Schneider Electric and Faith Technologies today unveiled a project at a Wisconsin nature preserve that is expected to demonstrate the growing ability of microgrids to multitask. The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin is now home to a microgrid that manages five … [Read more...]

Hawaii Looks to Microgrid Development After Lava Mangles Utility Equipment

microgrid development

Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned … [Read more...]

Software ‘Brings Everything Together’ for New Microgrid Clusters

microgrid clusters

What are the software challenges microgrid clusters face?  Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid NA, answers that question at Microgrid 2018 in an interview with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Microgrids are based on the concepts of reliability, efficiency, and resiliency. But as Siemens’ Michael Carlson pointed … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Greater Good: Serving People by Guaranteeing Energy

Microgrids for the Greater Good

From electrifying remote African villages to bringing clean power to the US grid, microgrids serve the greater good, as discussed here by Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems at S&C Electric. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Kilpatrick at Microgrid 2018. The interview took place before … [Read more...]

Leveraging Wholesale Markets to Create the Affordable Microgrid

affordable microgrid

Microgrids are not just for reliability. They also are used to manage energy pricing through leveraging wholesale markets. We explain how in part five of this six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on reliability-as-a-service and the affordable microgrid.   Gas-fired microgrids offer operational flexibility that is crucial to … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

energy resiliency

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]