New Year’s Resolutions for the Microgrid Industry from 4 Leading Companies

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What needs to be done in 2019 to spur more microgrid growth? We asked four microgrid industry leaders – Ameresco, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens. Here are their New Year's resolutions, lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Ameresco Will Agate, Ameresco's vice president - microgrid services, expects 2019 to go down as … [Read more...]

Most Read Industry Perspective Columns of 2018: Energy Storage, Microgrid Financing, EVs

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Over the course of each year, energy leaders from throughout the spectrum of microgrid industries offer insight to our readers through the Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives column. The column features experts from leading companies and organizations, among them Ameresco, Dynamic Energy Networks, Eaton, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, … [Read more...]

Advancements Taking Microgrids to a Whole New Level

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S&C Electric's Chris Evanich explores how recent advancements in the industry are fueling progress, and covers the benefits and advantages of advanced microgrids.  The term microgrid has become pretty much mainstream; even the president of the United States has used the term. And a lot of people now accept the U.S. Department of Energy’s … [Read more...]

Farewell to “If You’ve Seen One Microgrid, You’ve Seen One Microgrid”

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Some quotes become sticky. Such is the case with: “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.” Not long after S&C Electric’s David Chiesa coined the phrase about five years ago, it became something of a mantra at industry conferences and discussions. The converse of “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all,” it was … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

What California’s Microgrid Bill Means to the State – and Everybody Else

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California’s large influence on the energy industry bodes well for US microgrid growth, following the state's passage last week of microgrid legislation that other states are likely to emulate, say industry players. SB 1339 opens the door for creation of a microgrid tariff and predictable interconnection rules and time frames. Both create … [Read more...]

The Art — and Challenges — of Monetizing Resilience

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explores the ins and outs of monetizing resilience, and how the industry is working to place a value on energy stability.  Various folks have tried to place a value on resilience, including universities, government agencies, large industrials, and utilities. Each has … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Greater Good: Serving People by Guaranteeing Energy

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From electrifying remote African villages to bringing clean power to the US grid, microgrids serve the greater good, as discussed here by Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems at S&C Electric. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Kilpatrick at Microgrid 2018. The interview took place before … [Read more...]

Connections Made at CAE Q1 Meeting Lead To First-Ever Utility Microgrid PEER Gold Certification

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In this week's Industry Perspectives column, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores how a meeting at the CAE Q1 event led to the first utility microgrid PEER Gold certification for the Ameren microgrid.  The Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, has received accolades for its reliability and collaborative partnerships. It has also … [Read more...]