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...]

Schneider Starts Building 10-MW Microgrid at Air Base in Japan

Schneider Electric has started construction on a 10-MW microgrid project at a US Air Force base in Japan. The company is developing the project under a $403 million, 25-year energy savings performance contract that includes $167 million in implementation costs. The project at the Yokota air base near Tokyo, funded through guaranteed … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Transform Hospital Energy Usage

Lance Haines, chief technology officer-microgrids at Schneider Electric, explains how microgrids improve hospital energy resiliency, efficiency and flexibility.  Technology and patient care go together. Since the global pandemic, hospitals have aggressively sought digital transformation of their infrastructure as medical professionals seek … [Read more...]

Message for President Joe Biden: US Infrastructure Needs Microgrids

President Joe Biden is expected to release an infrastructure plan this month that sounds ready-made for microgrids. His goal, he said, is to make infrastructure “more climate resilient” to achieve “cheaper and cleaner” transport. Although microgrids seem like a perfect match for Biden’s plan, it’s uncertain how much they will play into it. … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2020 — Experts Lead Industry through Tumultuous Year

2020 was one for the books in the energy industry — and just about every industry — rocked by the beginnings of a global pandemic early in the year, followed by an unmatched hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and rampant wildfires in California. Energy reliability became more crucial in a year full of unknowns, not to mention power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘The Home Microgrid’ as Person of the Year 2020

Maybe it was the pandemic or maybe it was the law of accelerating returns. Whatever the case, 2020 brought rapid change for microgrids. Where the technology was solidly for the few in 2019, it suddenly looked quite possibly for the many in 2020. That’s why Microgrid Knowledge is naming the home microgrid, as its 2020 ‘Person of the Year.’ To … [Read more...]

The Ten Top Microgrid Stories for 2020 Indicate Rise in Curiosity About Microgrids Among Customers

Microgrid Knowledge is seeing an influx of a new kind of reader to the site, as indicated by the ten top microgrid stories for 2020. We believe the shift reflects a larger trend in the microgrid industry. In earlier years, our most-read stories tended to reflect the interests of the industry, so they were about projects, technologies, … [Read more...]