Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot.  Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development at … [Read more...]

What Do You Need to Know to Reduce Utility Charges with a Microgrid?

Let’s say microgrid developer PowerSecure has been asked to price out the feasibility of a microgrid at a retail grocery store in Wisconsin. How does the developer go about finding the utility pricing information that will demonstrate that the project is or isn’t financially viable? The answer isn’t simple, said Brian Knight, structured … [Read more...]

What the $11B Hitachi ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]

PG&E: Partnering with Communities on Microgrids “Critically Important”

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) described partnering with communities on microgrids as “critically important” yesterday following approval by California regulators of the utility’s plan to use microgrids to reduce wildfire-related power outages. The approval was part of a larger order issued by the public utilities commission to … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

Bloom’s Quick Build Microgrids Installed at COVID-19 Field Hospitals in California

Bloom Energy recently installed rapid deployment microgrids at two field hospitals in California in response to COVID-19. The microgrids, which use Bloom's fuel cell technology, were installed in less than a week at the site of a national hospital system in Vallejo and at a Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Both sites have pop-up style field … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]

ProtoGen to Bring Energy Storage Symposium to Philadelphia Navy Yard this April

ProtoGen, a distributed energy consulting firm is bringing a new event to Philadelphia, Pa. in April. The Energy Storage Symposium: Business Cases, Worker Safety and Standards, is  a one-day event  scheduled for April 17 from 8 to 4:30 pm, at the Penn State Building 661 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The event, which costs $250 to attend, is … [Read more...]

ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

Navy Chooses Ameresco for $58M Resilience and Microgrid Project at Maine Shipyard

The US Navy has awarded Ameresco a task order for a $58 million energy resilience project, which includes a microgrid, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), one of four remaining naval shipyards in the US.  The project expands on a long-term partnership between Ameresco and the the Kittery, Maine facility, extending back to Ameresco’s … [Read more...]