Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

Resilient Microgrids Link Clean Energy and Clean Mobility

A new white paper from Schneider Electric explores the link between clean energy and clean mobility, and the role resilient microgrids can play. As electric vehicle (EV) adoption increases in the US, utilities need a way to both manage the demand from EV chargers and take advantage of the value they can provide the grid. Resilient microgrids … [Read more...]

Microgrid Improves Lives of Neglected Children on Remote Puerto Rico Mountain

Power outages were no stranger to a home for neglected children located on the top of a mountain in a remote part of Puerto Rico. That changed with the installation of a microgrid in the spring of 2020. At the Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazaret facility, frequent outages meant children and staff members had no light, internet access … [Read more...]

Five Local Governments Leading the Way with Microgrid Innovation

Big ticket microgrid legislation in Washington, D.C., tends to grab headlines, but it is local governments in the United States that produce some of the most intriguing microgrid policy. Given that most electric power regulation happens at the local and state levels, these local programs serve as labs of experimentation in the real world of … [Read more...]

California Transportation Authority Proposes Bus Charging Microgrid 

The Santa Clara, California, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to build a microgrid with charging infrastructure to upgrade and fuel its fleet of battery-powered electric buses with a potential $4.68 million in grant money from the California Energy Commission (CEC).  This Northern California project is part of the VTA’s effort to … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Microgrid Adoption – Addressing Sustainability Goals While Growing the Job Market

Don Wingate, vice president of utility & microgrid solutions at Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can help organizations meet their sustainability goals while also enabling job growth. The energy landscape is changing – there's no question about that. Throughout the US and around the world, we are facing numerous challenges as … [Read more...]

Small But Powerful: Designing Packaged Microgrids for Small and Medium Sites

Key market trends are driving faster adoption of microgrids and "microgrid-ready" facilities that incorporate renewable energy sources. While power delivery systems with these capabilities are often perceived as customized, design intensive and time consuming, modern technologies that use controllers and pretested software are allowing for the fast … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Footprint Project

Footprint Project, a small, rapid-response disaster relief operation, recently got a big boost with multinational giant Schneider Electric coming on as a strategic partner to support the organization’s microgrid efforts. The two pro-microgrid operations plan to act as strategic partners to help when calamities leave communities desperate for … [Read more...]