What’s Driving the Increasing Use of Microgrids in Manufacturing?

More manufacturing companies are gaining interest in deploying microgrids to help them operate through power outages and serve as community stewards. In the past, industries were looking for on-site generation, often through combined heat and power (CHP). These include companies such as food and beverage manufacturers, refineries and tire … [Read more...]

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...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Power Engineers Sees EV, Large-Scale Fleet Charging as Growing Business Opportunity

Erik Hale, power delivery manager, business unit director at Power Engineers, describes the potential in the EV and fleet charging market and how the energy industry is moving toward a carbon-free power grid. Hale was interviewed by Lisa Cohn of Microgrid Knowledge during Microgrid 2020 Global. To start, Hale shared a bit about his firm, as well … [Read more...]

Key Players Shed Light on Why the Microgrid Market is Growing

Natural disasters, the pandemic, new business models and state policies drive the microgrid market forward, while regulatory hurdles hold it back, say industry players who will be speaking November 17-19 at Microgrid 2020 Global. The natural disasters spurring microgrid growth include hurricanes and wildfires. In some cases, the wildfires … [Read more...]

Future of Microgrids is ‘Bright’ as Costs Decline & Options Increase

William Rambo, director of business development at POWER Engineers, offers his perspective on why the future of microgrids looks bright. Rambo describes his company's work undertaking complex projects and large-scale renewable integration. Watch his interview at Microgrid 2019 with Microgrid Knowledge's Ken Silverstein. Rambo helps lead one of … [Read more...]

Top Three Things to Consider When Planning a Microgrid

POWER Engineers' Greg Clark, highlights three crucial elements to consider for microgrid planning and early development, including environmental considerations, regulatory issues and technical feasibility.  You’ve decided a microgrid may be a viable solution to meet your needs, and suddenly, there’s a litany of questions to answer. Even … [Read more...]

Microgrid Engineering Becoming a Macro-Profession

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Doug Jones, of POWER Engineers, discusses how microgrid engineering is becoming a macro-profession.  I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague about our work with microgrid engineering projects. A common theme emerged: Many of the bad experiences involved a lack of cross-discipline … [Read more...]

What It Would Take for a ‘Breakthrough’ in Microgrid Policy

In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Greg Clark, senior project manager at POWER Engineers, discusses the state of the microgrid industry and what needs to happen to spark a breakthrough in energy and microgrid policy.  H.G. Chissell, founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group — as well as the recently announced master of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market: Industry Players Analyze What’s Needed Next to Spur Growth

The microgrid market is growing and evolving, but new regulations and policies are needed to ensure it thrives, according to top industry players. Says Greg Clark, senior project manager, Power Engineers, “We believe the microgrid market is in a state of transition: from a specialized niche market of emergency power systems dedicated to mission … [Read more...]