Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]

Sharing Resiliency Lessons Learned From Japan on the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Pace Energy & Climate Center's Joseph O'Brien-Applegate and Tom Bourgeois explore the resiliency lessons learned following Hurricane Sandy, and insight that can be garnered from Japan's experience with the superstorm. As we mark the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, its impact is still fresh in the mind of many in the Northeast. … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters

Veolia's Mike Byrnes discusses the importance of turning hindsight into foresight by planning and implementing energy resiliency ahead of the next natural disaster. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently, more severely, and impacting inland as well as coastal communities. Hurricane Florence is just the latest example.  A well … [Read more...]

The Art — and Challenges — of Monetizing Resilience

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explores the ins and outs of monetizing resilience, and how the industry is working to place a value on energy stability.  Various folks have tried to place a value on resilience, including universities, government agencies, large industrials, and utilities. Each has … [Read more...]

Partnership Searches for Grid Resiliency Policy that Can Work Across the States

A new research project intends to scrutinize US public policy on grid resiliency with an eye toward creating a model approach that can be applied at the state level. Protect Our Power, a bipartisan advisory panel, and the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment also will look at the role of distributed energy resources … [Read more...]

Enhancing Energy Resilience, Reducing Risk Through a Microgrid Approach

In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment and smart grid at ‎Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can increase energy resilience and cut down on risks associated with power outages.  In an increasingly connected society, the economic impact of extreme weather and associated … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Decentralization: A Shift in Energy Focus

We are in the middle of an 'energy transition' — one which is focused on the decentralization of energy and the rise of  energy technology like microgrids. A new report from Schneider Electric,  “How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition,” highlights how over the past century or so, we have come from making huge progress in the … [Read more...]

What is the Value of Electric Reliability for Your Operation?

This is part two of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model. This post focuses on power outage costs and the monetary value of electric reliability. It is difficult to calculate what a power outage costs an economy or even an individual business. Losses tend to be … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Creating Critical Infrastructure for Critical Facilities Requires Collaboration

In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores why energy resiliency is key to today's critical infrastructure, as well as how stakeholders can work together to ensure critical facilities keep the lights on.  Ke Wei, senior policy adviser for energy, in the New York City Mayor’s Office of … [Read more...]