Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

resilient grid

A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

The Energy Efficient CHP Microgrid

CHP Microgrid

This Special Report from Microgrid Knowledge paints a picture of the emerging microgrid-driven world. It also explains topics like district energy and combined heat and power (CHP). You'll learn how a CHP microgrid improves the economics and energy efficiency of a microgrid. Local energy promises lower costs, more reliable electric supply, storm … [Read more...]

Want to Learn about the Future of Energy? Ask Those Already Living it

A lot of people are wondering where the fast-changing energy industry is heading. But some already are living the future of energy, and they will gather in St. Paul, Minnesota next week to share their experience and insight. About 800 energy leaders from 22 countries are expected to attend “Embracing Change,” the 107th annual conference of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? Why Now?

why microgrids

You’re already managing a big facility. Why add responsibility for operating a miniature power grid, too? Edward (Ted) Borer, energy plant manager at Princeton University, explains why microgrids are so important to facility owners who want to save money, reduce emissions and keep the lights on during storms. BY DEFINITION First, let’s agree … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. The American electorate knows this and is concerned. In a March 2015 Gallup poll 88 percent of those surveyed described … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy, Benefits to be Explored This Week at IDEA’s Campus Energy 2015

Microgrid policy will be among topics discussed at a special workshop offered during this week's Campus Energy 2015, held by the International District Energy Association in Denver, Colorado. The February 10 workshop, “Microgrids and Electrical Distribution Systems,” will focus on policy, benefits, industry vocabulary, measurement and metrics, … [Read more...]

What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE). The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Earn Revenue and Serve the Central Grid

how microgrids earn revenue

Grid-connected microgrids earn revenue by selling what are known as 'ancillary services' to the central grid. These services help keep power flowing in a stable fashion. Offering these services makes a microgrid valuable well beyond the buildings it powers. The microgrid becomes an asset to society at large. Read more in the following excerpt from … [Read more...]

The Importance of Heat in the Energy Efficient Microgrid

energy efficient microgrid

The following is an excerpt from new our report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. It can be difficult for microgrids to compete on cost alone if they provide only electricity.  However, when combined heat and power (CHP) is added to the equation, microgrids become more competitive based on economics alone. Why? Most power generation … [Read more...]