It Takes a Village to Build a Microgrid, and the Village Needs a ‘Mayor’

S&C Electric’s Erik Svanholm explores the human element of building a microgrid, and what goes into advanced microgrid design.  Much has been written about the vast technical progress in advanced microgrid design and the avenues to finance these critical systems. Understanding the complexities of design and finance is critical to a … [Read more...]

Caribbean Ripe for DER and Microgrid Development but Needs Financial Boost

The Caribbean is ripe for microgrid development because of the challenges of hurricanes and COVID-19, but financial constraints are getting in the way. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is proposing some solutions. This year’s hurricane season is expected to be worse than usual, while the islans are still coming back from the impacts of … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

How to Finance Microgrids with Opportunity Zones

To finance microgrids in the COVID-19 era, industry members have to grapple with how the work environment has been transformed, how the industry has changed and other challenges. “How we finance microgrids can position us for success to overcome future challenges,” says Tom Hawes, director of business development, non-wires alternatives, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Job of the Week: S&C Electric Seeks App Manager for Distributed Energy Systems

There's a new job opening at S&C Electric well suited for energy professionals who have experience with advanced microgrid systems. The company seeks an application manager for distributed energy systems. According to the job posting, the chosen candidate will be "responsible for defining, managing, and developing S&C’s integrated … [Read more...]

ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

What’s Ahead for the Future of Microgrids?

S&C Electric's Stephanie Pine describes the future of microgrids as they become more advanced, renewable, standardized, scalable and cybersecure. Over the last few years, microgrid deployments throughout the world have increased. We should expect this trend to continue as market projections point to steadily increasing annual microgrid … [Read more...]

One-third of Businesses Willing to Pay Premium to Avert Weather-related Power Outages: Report

Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses are looking carefully at the financial impact of electrical outages and are increasingly seeking ways to mitigate the losses, according to a new report from S&C Electric. The 2020 State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability Report, based on a survey of 255 companies that achieve … [Read more...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Costs?

Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Explores the Energy Regulation ‘Road’ to the Future Grid

Energy use isn't static. Trends change with the times — and new technology. A new white paper from S&C Electric asserts that significant changes are needed in the electric utility sector, especially when it comes to energy regulation, as climate-change related natural disasters and power outages increase. Part of this shift will include … [Read more...]