Microgrids Provide Hospitals Energy Security in Times of Need

Standby generators can provide short-term emergency power for hospitals, but as energy interruptions grow more frequent and last for longer periods of time, our health care facilities need more reliable, robust and resilient backup power systems. A new white paper from Mesa Solutions explores how microgrids provide hospitals with energy security in … [Read more...]

7 Energy Storage Questions Answered

Ben Lavoie, of Ameresco, describes what drives the battery energy storage market, why it's valuable to pair storage and distributed energy, and how close battery storage is to becoming the norm. Microgrid Knowledge (MGK): Give us the background: From your view as an energy services provider, how are organizations maximizing the benefits of … [Read more...]

How to Engage Middle America on Climate? Make Resilience Primary, says Gina McCarthy

Bringing middle America into the climate discussion requires focusing on the importance of resilience and job creation, said Gina McCarthy, President Joe Biden’s new climate advisor, speaking yesterday at a policy forum organized by the Energy Storage Association. “Look, we have to get the middle of the country understanding and active on … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

ProtoGen to Bring Energy Storage Symposium to Philadelphia Navy Yard this April

ProtoGen, a distributed energy consulting firm is bringing a new event to Philadelphia, Pa. in April. The Energy Storage Symposium: Business Cases, Worker Safety and Standards, is  a one-day event  scheduled for April 17 from 8 to 4:30 pm, at the Penn State Building 661 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The event, which costs $250 to attend, is … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2019 — Most Read Guest Articles

Have we fully explored the potential of community microgrids? What does California's changing energy landscape mean for microgrids and the energy industry? How should you get started on your next microgrid project? These are just a few questions explored in the most popular Industry Perspective columns on Microgrid Knowledge in 2019. These … [Read more...]

Lineman’s Idea Leads to Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duke Energy's Jessica Wells explores how one lineman’s idea lead to development of a Great Smoky Mountains National Park microgrid. Learn how using solar power and batteries, Duke Energy was able to remove power lines atop Mt. Sterling.  Jeff Fisher has spent more time than most in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not as a tourist, but … [Read more...]

NYPA Issues Energy Storage RFI; Separately, NYSERDA Initiates First Stage of $400M Program

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking expressions of interest (RFI) from companies that want to develop energy storage projects. Separately, another state agency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took its first step this week in a $400 million program that aims to grow an energy storage market in the … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]