Why Electric Reliability is so Important for the Retail Sector

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge explores how businesses use retail microgrids to reduce costs and enhance resiliency and reliability. This excerpt focuses on the value of retail microgrids in a world where electric reliability is both increasingly important and increasingly threatened. Hardly a day goes by without the United … [Read more...]

Building a Better Microgrid with Hardware in the Loop

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The electric power grid is undergoing one of the most fundamental changes since its inception over a century ago. That transformation has been summed up as the “3 Ds,” which stands for digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization.  This value-added shift is being aided, in part, by new tools and processes, such as Hardware in the Loop … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids in the Real World

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Energy leaders like Schneider Electric and Dynamic Energy Networks are partnering to make microgrids more feasible. This final selection from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric offers real-world examples of energy-as-a-service microgrids. Two significant players in the microgrid space — Schneider Electric … [Read more...]

Understanding the Energy-as-a-Service Model for Microgrids

Almost 25 percent of microgrids today use the energy-as-a-service model, also known as EaaS. In this selection from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric, we break down this new model that aims to make it easier to develop and operate microgrids. Although introduced only a few years ago, the energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

Securing Microgrid Benefits without the Risk

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Fear of risk deters companies, institutions and communities from pursuing microgrids. In this excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric we examine how the EaaS model secures microgrid benefits without the inherent financial, developmental and ownership risk.  It’s clear that microgrids need an ‘easy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Drivers and Obstructions: What’s Moving the Dial on the Market?

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model that simplifies microgrid development and ownership for organizations.  This excerpt explores microgrid drivers, as well as the biggest challenges and obstructions to microgrids.  Several compelling arguments exist to install a … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy: How Customers Can Get Full Value

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How can energy customers get the full value from their microgrids and distributed energy resources? One approach is asset-backed demand response, explained in this final excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy  A push-and-pull between government energy policy and technological evolution helped promote today’s … [Read more...]

Four Megatrends Changing Energy Decision-making & Opening the Door to Microgrids

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and Schneider Electric outlines the energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model and explains how it simplifies development and ownership of microgrids. This chapter focuses on trends that led to the rise of microgrids.  Until recently, the electric power industry saw little in the way of major innovation. … [Read more...]

The Rise of Microgrids and DERs: Out of Competition Came Innovation

What was the impetus for the rise of microgrids and distributed energy resources? What role did competition play? A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the industry's evolution. Here's a look inside the history of electric competition. Today's growth in distributed energy and microgrids goes back to the … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]