Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

Final Day of Microgrid 2021 Features Launch of New Coalition to Advance Microgrids and a Peak into the Future of the Technology

The final week of Microgrid 2021, a free virtual conference, brings two important announcements for the microgrid community, along with lively panel discussions that will focus on a vision — and action — for the future. “The audience will find this week particularly interesting and relevant as our speakers look at how microgrids are … [Read more...]

Microgrids Bring Sustainability and Resiliency and Serve as Community Lighthouses

Not only do microgrids help companies meet their sustainability and resiliency goals, but they also can serve as community lighthouses during outages. That’s a positive trend for microgrid customers right now. Still, some are struggling with myths about the high costs and complexity of the technology. Customers are recognizing that there's a … [Read more...]

Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

Crunching the Numbers on Microgrid Costs, Benefits

Microgrid economics is determined by a mix of costs and revenue factors, according to a panel of experts at the Microgrid 2021 conference who explained how to think about making the financials work on what can be complex projects. “The use of financial resources to make these projects go is always a paramount concern for developing the … [Read more...]

Register By May 17 to Attend Next Week’s Sessions at Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids

At Microgrid Knowledge, we like to say that microgrids are a technology on the side of angels. That might sound like hyperbole unless you are among those who have lost their electricity in dire circumstances. Consider what happened in October 2019 when the power went out in Humboldt County, California, leaving medical patients with no place … [Read more...]

Considering a Microgrid for Your Facility? We’ve Designed Microgrid 2021 for You

If you're considering a microgrid for your facility or community, then Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids is the conference for you.  Here’s an opportunity to learn -- all in one place -- from 50 of the industry's top experts in 20 educational sessions offered conveniently over four weeks, May 11-June 3. Here are five reasons to … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has opened nominations for its 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards, presented annually to highlight how microgrids serve society. The deadline for submission is now April 1, 2021. “We seek submissions that offer a strong narrative demonstrating how microgrids improve the human condition,” said Elisa Wood, … [Read more...]

Would You Like to Speak at Microgrid 2021? Feb. 15 is the Final Date to Apply.

The call for speakers' deadline of Feb. 15 is nearing for Microgrid Knowledge's next conference, "Microgrid 2021 Virtual: The World Awakens to Microgrids," a free, four-week educational event that will run from May 11-June 3. Those who would like to present a webinar or participate in panel discussions or interviews must complete the call … [Read more...]