Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Increasing Value of Energy Resilience, Reliability in Today’s Climate

Chris Cummiskey, chief commercial and customer solutions officer at Southern Company and PowerSecure CEO, sits down virtually with Sarah Rubenoff, special projects editor at Microgrid Knowledge, to discuss the growing value of energy resilience in a world increasingly wracked by climate change. PowerSecure's CEO Cummiskey has also taken on the … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Describes the Value of Resiliency & Reliability in Today’s Energy Market

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, and Jim Smith, COO of PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, took time out at Microgrid Global 2020 to discuss how a year of hurricanes and wildfires revealed the value of energy resiliency.  Resiliency was the key topic of a recent conversation between Wood and Smith. Smith began … [Read more...]

Energy Resilience Top of Mind for Microgrid Customers in the New Year

Chris Cummiskey, chief commercial and customer solutions officer at the Southern Company, sits down virtually with Sarah Rubenoff, special projects editor at Microgrid Knowledge, to discuss the growing value of energy resiliency in a world increasingly wracked by the results of climate change — and what this means for the microgrid industry going … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, it's instructive to watch its large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Installations Set Record in 2019: WoodMac Report

Last year brought the highest number of microgrid installations on record in the US, surpassing 500 systems, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released today. The “US microgrid Forecast H1 2020” also notes a shift in the type of projects being developed. New microgrids tend to be more modular — a trend advocated by the industry for years to … [Read more...]

What Do You Need to Know to Reduce Utility Charges with a Microgrid?

Let’s say microgrid developer PowerSecure has been asked to price out the feasibility of a microgrid at a retail grocery store in Wisconsin. How does the developer go about finding the utility pricing information that will demonstrate that the project is or isn’t financially viable? The answer isn’t simple, said Brian Knight, structured … [Read more...]

How Hospital Microgrids can Solve Energy Challenges

Adam Dutka, vice president sales – healthcare, at PowerSecure, delves into how hospital microgrids can solve energy challenges in these critical institutions, especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  Recent horrific events in our nation’s history taught us many things, none the least of which is an enhanced need for preparedness. … [Read more...]