Energy-as-a-Service: Schneider Electric and DEN Partner to Simplify Microgrid Adoption

  Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, and Mark Feasel, vice president, utility and smart grids at Schneider Electric, describe financing innovations, energy-as-a-service and other advantages their partnership brings to the microgrid market.  Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, interviews the two industry … [Read more...]

Software ‘Brings Everything Together’ for New Microgrid Clusters

What are the software challenges microgrid clusters face?  Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid NA, answers that question at Microgrid 2018 in an interview with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Microgrids are based on the concepts of reliability, efficiency, and resiliency. But as Siemens’ Michael Carlson pointed … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Greater Good: Serving People by Guaranteeing Energy

From electrifying remote African villages to bringing clean power to the US grid, microgrids serve the greater good, as discussed here by Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems at S&C Electric. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Kilpatrick at Microgrid 2018. The interview took place before … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Model Offers Path to Microgrids with Less Risk

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, discusses energy-as-service with Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric's vice president of utility and smart grid; Andrew Marino, managing director at The Carlyle Group; and Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN). The interview took place at Microgrid 2018. Schneider Electric, DEN, and … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]

Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

As energy insiders gathered in Chicago last week at Microgrid 2018, three events unfolded that signal how microgrid growth may take shape in the coming months and years. The first is the accession of microgrid champion Anne Pramaggiore to CEO of Exelon Utilities, one of the largest utilities in the US. The second was an entrance of an oil … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak … [Read more...]

History of Energy in Illinois Starts and Ends with Renewables-Based Microgrids

Back in the 1890s, Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, began providing energy in Illinois with renewables-based microgrids. More than a century later, Illinois is once again embracing renewables-based microgrids, with a handful of the most innovative microgrids now being developed and launched in Chicago. That was the engaging … [Read more...]

Shell’s New Energies Business Buys Controlling Interest in GI Energy

During the second day of Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, event Silver Sponsor GI Energy shared some big news with the microgrid and energy industry. Rilette Springs — an affiliate of Shell New Energies US — has purchased a controlling and majority interest in GI Energy (GIE). The companies shared the existing management team at GIE will remain in … [Read more...]