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Installing an Affordable Microgrid — Before Calamity

This is part one of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how microgrid installation needs to be an integral part of any pre-emptive storm hardening or business resiliency planning.  2017 proved to be … [Read more...]

The Affordable Microgrid: Securing Electric Reliability through Outsourcing

The number of widespread power outages caused by the hurricanes of 2017 and nor’easters of early 2018 were the latest reminders of the fragile nature of the grid across North America. Microgrids are local power generation resources that may be coupled with storage and controllers supplying power to a facility when the grid is down or unstable. … [Read more...]

How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids

In an iconic photo from last August's Hurricane Harvey, a national guardsman in near waist-high flood waters carries a woman to safety on his back. The photo depicts a common thread found in disaster rescue – the military are called. So it makes sense that today’s movement to improve urban resilience – and add microgrids – looks to the … [Read more...]

Water-Energy Nexus: A Warning for the U.S. from South Africa

The Environmental Defense Fund's Kate Zerrenner describes the water-energy nexus impacting Cape Town as it runs dry, and posits that parts of the U.S. could face the same threat. In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

ERock to Install Microgrid for Houston Senior Living Campus

Enchanted Rock, also known as ERock, has entered into a long-term agreement to provide its microgrid technology for a senior living facility in Houston, Texas. The deal with Tradition Senior Living comes as the senior care industry seeks ways to improve electric reliability following the death of patients in a Florida nursing home last year when … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017 and the Companies Featured

As we compiled this year's list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured -- and kept capturing -- our readers' attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated … [Read more...]

Regulators Want to Know If Georgia Power Considered a Microgrid for the Atlanta Airport

State regulators want to know if Georgia Power had considered a microgrid “for such a critical customer” as the Atlanta airport before this week’s 11-hour electrical outage. The question was among a series that the staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission sent to the utility this week about the December 17 outage that crippled the … [Read more...]

Best Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017

We asked the Microgrid Knowledge staff to select the best microgrid stories of 2017, and cite events they believe had the most influence on the industry. Here’s what they had to say. Andrew Burger Favorite Story:   I'd say that "Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid" is my favorite story this year given its timeliness, and … [Read more...]