Microgrids: The brains behind electrification and an all-renewable grid

Microgrids are often characterized as sophisticated backup power — and they are. But that’s not all they are. And ignoring the full scope of their abilities short shrifts their value. Most ignored, I think, is their ability to balance renewable energy, an increasingly important issue as solar and wind detractors attempt to fault renewables … [Read more...]

Top 10 most read microgrid articles for 2021

Analyzing which articles attract readership offers us valuable insight into market trends. What did the 10 most read microgrid articles of 2021 tell us? A lot of newcomers are exploring the topic and strong curiosity exists about project innovation and the role of microgrids during disasters. Readers are also keeping a careful eye on policy … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

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...]