When the Electric Grid is No Longer Enough: Microgrids as Reliability Heroes

At Microgrid Knowledge, we like to say that microgrids are a technology on the side of angels. That might sound like hyperbole unless you are among those who have lost their electricity in dire circumstances. Consider what happened in October 2019 when the power went out in Humboldt County, California, leaving medical patients with no place … [Read more...]

Advanced Energy Jobs on the Rebound After COVID-19 Hit

After getting slammed by COVID-19 last spring, jobs at advanced energy companies are rebounding but remain below prepandemic levels, according to Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a trade group. The report found that the segment that includes microgrids also experienced a downturn. There were 3.5 million advanced energy jobs at the end of 2019, up … [Read more...]

State Energy Officials, Clean Energy Businesses Urge DOE to Coordinate Resilience Efforts

State energy officials and clean energy businesses are urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to help coordinate efforts to bolster infrastructure resilience, including microgrid development. “As recent events in Texas and the Midwest have shown once again, one of the most urgent tasks in the energy sector – production, distribution and … [Read more...]

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M

Schneider Electric is developing an energy savings program for Jersey City, New Jersey, that includes a microgrid based on an existing 1.2-MW solar array. The microgrid will provide power so that city facilities can continue operating through power outages and emergencies with a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Jersey … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Push Forward Grid Innovation

Schneider Electric has partnered with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to deliver distributed energy resources to local Alberta businesses. During phase two of the polytechnic's Centre for Grid Innovation program, Schneider Electric has stepped in to supply its control and energy management platforms — EcoStruxure … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Seeing New Types of Projects, Customers Amid Ongoing Global Pandemic

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviews Mark Feasel, president, smart grid, North America at Schneider Electric. In this video, Feasel discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the microgrid market, new types of projects that are being developed — and the new types of customers that are becoming interested in … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Black & Veatch Finish Miramar Microgrid

Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch have finished installing a microgrid they designed and built at the Marine Corps’ Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The microgrid was tested during a full-scale energy resilience readiness exercise to assess its resilience and reliability as well as whether it could keep operations up and running at … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Market Continues to See Growth in Digitization, Decentralization and Decarbonization

The advancement of microgrids is part of a larger trend bringing more digitization, decentralization and decarbonization to the power industry. Technology is moving faster, and today's customers may select power from cleaner sources, generate it on their rooftop, use it more easily with connected Wi-Fi options and save money while connecting these … [Read more...]

Long Beach Says California Decision Fails to Remove Key Barrier to Microgrids. Calls for Rehearing

The city of Long Beach has filed a formal challenge to a recent California microgrid decision, saying that the order does not reduce the barriers to microgrid development to the extent required under state law. The city is calling for a rehearing on the January decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to create microgrid … [Read more...]

Hindering Broader Microgrid Adoption: Departing Load and Standby Charges

Steve Pullins of AlphaStruxure makes the case that utility standby charges and departing load charges are inherently unfair. If the microgrid customer expects a service from the utility and it fails, then the customer should expect a rebate on standby charges, Pullins argues. By now, most people know that microgrids featuring on-site, … [Read more...]