Can microgrids help to bridge the infrastructure gap for the EV charging surge?

Norm Campbell, manager of business development at Go Electric, explores the challenges and the potential for battery-enabled microgrids to be the bridge while the distribution infrastructure transitions to handle the coming EV charging and EV generation loads. We have all seen the executive order and the Inflation Reduction Act with a push … [Read more...]

Green resiliency: Securing your stride in the race to net zero

Bob Georgeoff and Leila Dillon of Ameresco outline some of the factors that are driving a growing number of organizations to set net-zero goals and how microgrids tie it all together. As net-zero corporate pledges continue to rise, there is increasing focus on the specific pathways companies will be taking to achieve these goals. … [Read more...]

Innovations in Energy as a Service

Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse Insights, discusses new energy-as-a-service (EaaS) offerings in the microgrid space, including innovations for customers with commercial and industrial microgrids. The beauty of a microgrid is its ability to customize an on-site sustainable energy system to meet the exact needs of the host site. … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Power Supply Studies — Done Right — Save You Money and Headaches

A new special report series by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens  shows microgrid developers how to avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This third article in the series outlines Step 2: Conducting Microgrid Power Supply Studies that Provide Real, Project-Specific Answers.  A power supply … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Install Test Microgrids ahead of Possible National Rollout

Ahead of a possible national rollout, SolMicroGrid, an energy-as-a-service microgrid company, is setting up microgrids at three Chick-fil-A restaurants in California. Restaurants in San Diego, Santa Rosa and Stockton will beta-test the SolMicroGrid system designed for 5,000-square-foot buildings, according to the company, which is backed by … [Read more...]

Microgrid Portfolio Standards Could Propel the Industry Forward: Advisian

Gary Leatherman, vice president, power advisory at Advisian, a part of Worley Group, discusses why industrials are exploring microgrids and how microgrid portfolio standards could propel the market forward.  Leatherman, who has been in the energy business for 35 years, manages Advisian's power advisory in the company's distributed energy and … [Read more...]

Policy & Regulatory Shifts Opening Door for Agriculture Microgrids, More in California

Agricultural regions don't always have robust electrical infrastructure, fast internet and other key services needed for manufacturers and large businesses to remain competitive. So operating at the grid edge has become "an increasingly risky proposition," particularly for agricultural and food processing companies in California, according to a new … [Read more...]

Applying Best Practices in Microgrid Implementation to Empower the Private Sector

Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, explores best practices in implementation for the growing number of private sector microgrids. The industry is quickly moving beyond the public sector.  To date, many of the early adopters for the more complex microgrid deployments have occurred in the public sector, involving the … [Read more...]

New York Paves the Way to Understanding Microgrid Utility Requirements

What lessons can we take from New York when it comes to navigating local microgrid utility requirements? According to a new Veolia white paper: The answer is quite a few. In the new report, Veolia, which focuses on optimized energy resource management, highlights how microgrids present a reliable, resilient, and cost-effective alternative … [Read more...]

Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources. A new white paper from Schneider … [Read more...]