How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used

Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various … [Read more...]

Maryland County Taps AlphaStruxure for Electric Bus Microgrid

Montgomery County, Maryland, selected AlphaStruxure — a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group — to build a bus depot microgrid that will include electric bus chargers. The 4-MW project for the county outside of Washington, D.C., uses an energy-as-a-service model that doesn’t require upfront payments from the … [Read more...]

Hindering Broader Microgrid Adoption: Departing Load and Standby Charges

Steve Pullins of AlphaStruxure makes the case that utility standby charges and departing load charges are inherently unfair. If the microgrid customer expects a service from the utility and it fails, then the customer should expect a rebate on standby charges, Pullins argues. By now, most people know that microgrids featuring on-site, … [Read more...]

Schneider’s GreenStruxure Partners with Instant On to Develop Microgrids in California

GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital, plans to team with upstart Instant On, to develop microgrids for medium-sized buildings in California. The two companies will use an energy-as-a-service model, which offers microgrids at no upfront cost to the customer. They are joining forces to serve what’s … [Read more...]

Schneider Launches California Energy Action Program

Underscoring how much California has become an epicenter of microgrid development, one of the industry’s leading players, Schneider Electric, this week announced a California Energy Action Program. Schneider unveiled the plan in conjunction with the official launch of GreenStruxure, a new company that focuses on microgrids for medium-size … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, it's instructive to watch its large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

AlphaStruxure Explores Microgrid Opportunities From Coast-to-Coast

Many factors make microgrids unique, including their ability to island in the case of a power outage. And alternative models like energy-as-a-service  are making these microgrids more accessible.  This final entry from a new special report series shares details of real microgrid  projects from AlphaStruxure, a joint venture of The Carlyle Group and … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Help Businesses Reach Cost, Resilience and Climate Goals

Microgrids provide businesses with a way to secure energy resilience, reduce costs and achieve climate goals. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure offers real world examples. Microgrids are the next logical step in the evolution of energy management for businesses. Many businesses are already … [Read more...]

Can You Afford to Not Have a Microgrid?

In California, the question ‘Can we afford a microgrid?’ might be more aptly phrased: ‘Can we afford to not have a microgrid?’ This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure highlights how energy-as-a-service is making microgrids easier and more affordable.  Business executives, community leaders and others … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids are at an Inflection Point

Microgrid growth appears to have reached an inflection point, driven by demand for reliable energy, especially in California, as well as economic, environmental and societal factors. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores the growth stimuli. Microgrid installations are accelerating in a range … [Read more...]