In storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, those with microgrids help those without

During the outages that have hobbled Puerto Rico since Hurricane Fiona hit September 18, a fire station and 45 residents on the island of Culebra have benefited from power supplied by microgrids — and have shared the wealth with their neighbors, many of them still without electricity. Puerto Rico was still rebuilding its infrastructure from … [Read more...]

Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Optimal dispatch microgrid control strategies deliver results

A new white paper from Eaton explores how commercial and industrial (C&I) establishments can reach their economic, resilience and sustainability objectives through the use of optimal dispatch (OD) microgrid control strategies. According to a new white paper from Eaton, "A microgrid installation helps C&I establishments reduce their … [Read more...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing: How to Fund Your Project

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, shares insights on microgrid financing, power purchase agreements and energy-as-a-service.  The value of microgrids is clear — all around the world, microgrids are helping advance energy resilience, sustainability and efficiency. Yet project financing remains one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Circuit Breaker Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico

A new microgrid project is underway for a Puerto Rico circuit breaker manufacturing plant that is designed to ensure business continuity and boost the renewable energy contribution to the grid during peak demand periods. Power management firm Eaton has partnered with Enel X to develop the solar plus energy storage project at its Las Piedras … [Read more...]

Building the Business Case for Resilience

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton shares insights on how to gain approval for microgrid projects by building the business case for resilience. Extreme weather events are affecting millions of people with increasing frequency. The National Climate Assessment reports the number of heat waves, heavy downpours … [Read more...]

Leading Microgrid Companies Launch Coalition to Encourage Pro-Microgrid Government Policy

Government policy and energy markets are inextricably intertwined in the United States. Policy and regulation drive (or hamper) growth in energy markets. At the same time, energy technologies increasingly shape climate and infrastructure planning in cities, states and the nation. For these reasons, it’s significant that a dozen leading microgrid … [Read more...]

The Changing ‘Flow of Power’ Spurring Energy Transition

Harold Ruckpaul, director of strategic alliances at Eaton, explores the energy transition, the changing flow of power and growing microgrid adoption in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher at Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global event.  Eaton is well-known as a leading power management company, but Normandeau and Ruckpaul began … [Read more...]

Microgrid to be Built at Eaton Plant in Puerto Rico

Enel X will build a microgrid at an Eaton manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico, adding to the power management company’s fleet of microgrids. The project at Eaton’s Arecibo plant, which makes circuit breakers, includes 5 MW of photovoltaic solar and a 1.1 MW/2.2 MWh battery storage system, the companies said Dec. 2. The microgrid will also … [Read more...]