Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

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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

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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 problems in … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Becomes First to Receive Certification Under New v2 PEER Program

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The Ameren microgrid — built in partnership with S&C Electric — has become the first microgrid to achieve certification under the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) updated v2 program. Ameren will be presented with its PEER certification fittingly on Tuesday afternoon at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago. The certification … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

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In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Coming to Microgrid 2018, May 7-9, Chicago!

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Very soon...on May 7...executives from around the world will be in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, which promises to be the game changer microgrid conference of the year. Not only does Microgrid 2018 feature tours of working microgrids in the Chicago area, extensive networking events, and a stellar lineup of speakers, but look who’s coming. Here is … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2018: A Conference Like No Other for Microgrids

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Microgrid 2018 is coming up soon. Seats are selling fast for the May 7-9 event in Chicago. We're describing it as a microgrid event like no other yet held. Here's why... What makes Microgrid 2018 unique? First, our agenda is designed to bring together those who want to lead and shape the course of the growing microgrid industry over the … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

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It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [Read more...]