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...]

How Microgrid Infrastructure Will Enable the Electrification of Transportation

microgrid infrastructure

Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores the role microgrid infrastructure will have in the electrification of transportation.  Not all that long ago, most people laughed at the idea that cars could run entirely on an electric charge, not to mention cars that could drive themselves. While it hasn’t happened overnight, there is no doubt the … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

wildfires

A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

The US Military Is Mission Ready: Why it Will Succeed Building Microgrids

Military microgrids

This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at what it takes to develop military microgrids that keep power flowing to bases for at least 14 days during a catastrophe. When the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar near San Diego moved to use landfill … [Read more...]

California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed … [Read more...]