How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience & Climate Strategies

climate strategies

Microgrids offer a classic example of government policy chasing technology. While microgrids are being developed worldwide, few jurisdictions offer much-needed policy guidance and certainty. At Microgrid 2018, Edward Yim, associate director at the DC Department of Energy and Environment, shared how scalable resilience and a focus on climate … [Read more...]

How to Value and Monetize Energy Resiliency in Microgrids

resiliency

Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy resiliency and reliability are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? What is government’s role? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by … [Read more...]

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

decentralization

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?

power outage costs

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?

energy storage

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

critical infrastructure

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...]

Top Highlights from Boston’s Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid experts and those just entering the industry met at last year's sold-out Microgrid 2017 in the heart of Boston. For a look inside the event -- and to gain insight into the discussion -- here are few impressions captured on video of experts talking about the importance of microgrids and resilience for present and future energy … [Read more...]

Fast Load Shedding, Automated Protective Relays and GOOSE Communications

load shedding

In this week’s Industry Perspectives,  Ameresco's Troy Wilsey explores how tools like fast load shedding, automated protective relays, GOOSE communications and more can improve energy resiliency.  Use of the noun resiliency, or resilience, has increased significantly in recent years. That's true in the mainstream media, and it's the case more … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

power resiliency

There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]