Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time


Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask


With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

DERMS Adoption in the New Energy Landscape


In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Jérome de Parscau explores distributed energy resource system (DERMS) adoption and how this is changing today's energy landscape.  With the energy landscape in the midst of a major upheaval, both consumers and distribution utilities are experiencing significant advancements in … [Read more...]

Energy Industry in 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead

Energy Industry in 2018

In this week’s edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel discusses what is in store for the energy industry in 2018.  Last year was a formative year for the new energy landscape. It underlined new challenges for operations, sustainability and financial decision-makers, while introducing innovative opportunities and … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Moves Forward with Microgrid Projects in Connecticut, Maryland, California and Wisconsin

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Schneider Electric has struck a $4.5 million deal with Milford, Connecticut to design and build a microgrid project for five critical facilities. The Connecticut microgrid is one of several that Schneider issued a progress report on this week. Milford is building the microgrid to serve a middle school, the senior center, River Park Elderly … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?


José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wastes No Time Drafting Rules to Encourage Microgrid Development

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Some believe Puerto Rico’s crushed power grid will emerge as a phoenix, out of the ashes becoming a global model for microgrid development. It’s hard to say yet if that will happen. But draft microgrid rules released last week by the Puerto Rico Energy Commission signal the island could be on the right track. First, note their speed of … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids


Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017 and the Companies Featured

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As we compiled this year's list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured -- and kept capturing -- our readers' attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated … [Read more...]