Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

renewable energy and electric vehicles

How fast the US adopts renewable energy and electric vehicles is likely to influence microgrid growth. So where are renewables and EVs heading? Are the big goals we hear about just aspiration or are they destination?  Hawaii, Maine, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are pursuing 100% renewables. About a dozen states have set standards … [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...]

Variable Speed Diesel

Off-grid system operators are increasingly turning to wind and solar generation to lower their diesel fuel consumption. Unfortunately, they quickly hit a technical barrier, with the operability of conventional diesel generation constraining the possible renewable energy penetration. In response, system owners and operators have driven renewed … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

grid reliability

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]

Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

Microgrids for disaster preparation

Disaster Preparation

Whilst recent natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused horrific physical damage and loss of life, they also demonstrated the fragility of today’s electricity systems. Major electricity outages around the world are growing in number and scope, bringing significant costs to local industry and the community. In the case … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid

renewable energy

As policy makers seek to integrate a serious sociological and environmental issue into renewable energy production, the typical utility is faced with not only technology upgrades, but also dealing with new systemic events that occur far beyond its franchise borders. Adding renewable energy resources into the existing bulk generation power system … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources: Breaking Down Barriers

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DER) are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as renewable energy and energy storage resources, located near customer load. In recent years, DERs have made great strides due to market reforms, advanced technologies, and declining costs. Despite these advances, DERs serve less than 1% of electricity load … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources

distributed energy resources

Distributed energy resources allow electricity to be generated closer to where it is used, protecting businesses and institutions from unexpected outages caused by natural disasters and other disruptions. The U.S. national laboratories as well as public-private partnerships provide financial resources and access to research facilities to foster … [Read more...]

RENEWABLE MICROGRIDS: ISLANDS

Renewable Microgrids

The livelihoods of individuals and families living on islands and in remote communities across the globe are directly tied to the availability and price of one volatile global commodity: oil. While oil is also used for various purposes in larger communities across the globe, islands and remote communities are disproportionately dependent on oil for … [Read more...]