5 reasons why microgrids are worth it to utilities

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five key benefits utilities can unlock through the use of decentralized microgrids. After decades of pursuing “central station power” and “radial feed” distribution circuit grid design philosophies, the concept of utilities placing quasi-autonomous subsections of … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [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...]

What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids

Last week’s passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the US House of Representatives paves the way for a range of new funding opportunities for microgrids. Pushed by President Biden, and already approved by the Senate in August, H.R. 3684 is now cleared to become law after a 228-206 vote Friday night by the House.  UPDATE! President … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Resilient Organizations Bounce Back Faster and Higher

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explains how electric power resilience solutions help organizations bounce back quickly in times of crisis.  “Resilience” applies to many dimensions of operation. In this article, we’re primarily talking about electric power resilience, however, the principles apply to … [Read more...]

Schools and Universities Save Money with Microgrids

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions explores how a microgrid can save schools and universities money by reducing downtime costs, energy costs and environmental costs. According to Mesa Solutions, "When it comes to why schools are a particularly good place for saving money with microgrids, it’s important to take the path of stone-cold … [Read more...]

Natural Gas Power Generation: Bridging Fossil Fuels and Renewables

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions looks at six reasons why natural gas power generation should continue to be a go-to solution, even as companies rush to meet their emission reduction goals and integrate renewables. Driven by the current administration's aggressive plans to combat climate changes, more and more companies are developing … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs: What Accelerates and What Inhibits a Microgrid Project?

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explores how microgrid costs can both drive and inhibit microgrid projects. People usually focus first on the questions of what is a microgrid, what does it do, and what does it cost? Here’s a much better first thought: "Yes, we could get a microgrid, but why would we … [Read more...]

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...]