Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

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

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...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

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...]

Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Defining the New Energy Landscape

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Pablo Astorga, ABB’s global sales manager Microgrids, explains how microgrids are defining the new energy landscape. Over the last decade, much focus has been put on how to green up the grid. This is of course logical given the dramatic cost reduction undergone by renewable energy technologies. … [Read more...]

Embracing Renewable Energy to Benefit the Bottom Line

Renewable energy has arrived… at the bottom line. A growing number of businesses today are embracing renewable energy projects like solar arrays, wind turbines and off-grid power solutions – but not just because they are environmental stewards, or because it’s “the right thing to do.” Renewable energy projects are more than the latest innovation: … [Read more...]

4 Technologies for More Sustainable, Reliable, Economical Energy

Imagine a world where green, renewable sources are supplying most or all of the energy needed for every purpose: lighting, heating, processes, and transportation. Imagine that energy consumers are able to proactively choose which energy source they want to consume. Imagine an electricity supply that is completely reliable. Imagine a typical … [Read more...]

Four Ways the New Energy Consumer Takes Control

They're smart, proactive, want to cut costs and ensure their electricity supply isn't interrupted. They're the new energy consumers -- and they're taking control of their electricity supply, especially in four ways: with energy management, microgrids, energy storage and by connecting with the smart grid. These are the findings of a new white paper … [Read more...]

Testing The Powers of Microgrids in College Project

A project at Las Positas College in Livermore, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, will test the powers of energy storage and microgrids to integrate renewable energy sources, curb peak power and take a mission-critical circuit off-grid. Herve Mazzocco, vice president of solutions for Imergy Power Systems, … [Read more...]