The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

Power Grids

Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Help Businesses Reach Cost, Resilience and Climate Goals

Microgrids provide businesses with a way to secure energy resilience, reduce costs and achieve climate goals. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure offers real world examples. Microgrids are the next logical step in the evolution of energy management for businesses. Many businesses are already … [Read more...]

The Financial Decision-Makers Guide to Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids

If you’re an executive who makes energy decisions for your company or organization, chances are you’re hearing about microgrids and energy-as-a-service with increasing frequency — and for good reason. Microgrids have been available for years, performing safely and effectively. But new technology and business models present energy customers with … [Read more...]

Top 10 Most Popular Microgrid White Papers of 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge's 10 most popular microgrid white papers of 2019 explore key questions surrounding microgrid development, finance, design, construction and operation. Top papers also focus on microgrid affordability and the evolution of distributed energy resources. These paper — and energy headlines in 2019 — make clear that energy … [Read more...]

Microgrids as Non-Wires Alternatives

non-wires alternatives

S&C Electric's Erik Svanholm discusses the potential of microgrids as non-wires alternatives, which use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional ‘wires and poles’ infrastructure. Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) are any nontraditional investments that allow electric utilities to … [Read more...]

Report Shows Mission-Critical Enterprises Increasingly Turn to Microgrids to Enhance Energy Reliability

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More and more, mission-critical enterprises are using microgrids with on-site power systems to ramp up energy reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Why? As technology advances, power outages are simply unacceptable at military bases, health-care facilities, data centers, distribution centers and more. A new report from PowerSecure, … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

asset-backed demand response

The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid: Understanding Your Microgrid Life Cycle & Design

building a microgrid

What exactly does building a microgrid entail? It's important to understand your microgrid life cycle and ideal design. This is challenging — but key. That's according to a new report from S&C Electric that details industry best practices and common mistakes in building a microgrid. The financial, resilience, and sustainability impact … [Read more...]

Building a Better Microgrid with Hardware in the Loop

hardware-in-the-loop testing

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...]

Is a Microgrid Right for You? A Modern Approach to Energy Challenges

choosing a microgrid

Microgrids are becoming more and more prevalent for good reason. Microgrid options act as modern approaches to solving multiple energy challenges. But choosing a microgrid can be difficult, and they are expensive; complex systems, and may require more time to engineer and install than other solutions. That's why a new handbook from S&C … [Read more...]