It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Latest Electrification Project at JFK Airport Completed

electrification

Electrification at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City continues, most recently at the JetBlue terminal. The New York Power Authority, in partnership with JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, completed the installation of 38 electric charging hubs at JetBlue’s terminal. Construction and design … [Read more...]

Using Local Generation to Improve Data Center Resilience and Sustainability

local generation

Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores how to use local generation to improve efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability — specifically in the colocation industry and data centers.  Modern business runs on data. Data centers around the world must maintain the highest degree of uptime possible to ensure uninterrupted data services for their … [Read more...]

Montgomery County, Maryland Seeks Microgrid-Ready Project for Electric Bus Depot

Already on the map for its public service microgrids, Montgomery County is advancing into the next frontier of the technology — its nexus with transportation — with plans for a microgrid-ready depot to charge electric buses. The Maryland county on Wednesday issued a solicitation seeking proposals for energy infrastructure to power electric buses … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

power outages

Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

distributed renewable energy

Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Signs Agreement to Spur Minigrid Electrification in Nigeria

minigrids

Schneider Electric recently signed an agreement with EM-ONE Energy Solutions, an engineering firm in Nigeria, with the aim of creating an industry ecosystem based on renewable energy-centered minigrids built or operated by community stakeholders. EM-ONE holds a contract to build 30 minigrids to power hospitals in the Nigerian state of … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric & AlphaStruxure Talk Local Production, Efficient Consumption, Smart Acquisition

Local Energy Production

In an interview with Juan Macias, CEO of AlphaStruxure, and Mark Feasal, vice president, smart grid, Schneider Electric, we learn about the microgrid and local energy strategies being pursued by the aligned companies. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Macias and Feasel at Microgrid 2019 in San … [Read more...]

What the Schneider/Autogrid Deal Signals about the Future of Microgrids

utility microgrids

Schneider Electric’s recent decision to take a stake in Autogrid hints at the future relationship between utilities and microgrids as data exchange grows in sophistication. A global energy leader in energy management and automation, Schneider is a strong player in both microgrids and the utility market. Autogrid, a California energy software … [Read more...]

Here Comes the World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant — And it’s Behind the Meter

virtual power plant

Japan is taking a leap ahead of the rest of the world, with the help of California company Autogrid, in developing what's described as the largest behind-the-meter (BTM) virtual power plant. The project will aggregate 10,000 distributed energy assets which, as one resource, will sell power into the nation’s wholesale energy market, still … [Read more...]