Long Beach, Calif., Urges Regulatory Reforms to Overcome Microgrid Delays

Pointing to delays in getting a microgrid built, the city of Long Beach, California, is urging state regulators to make changes to speed up the process. The city is focused on two issues: utility rules governing power supply to separate premises and the California Public Utilities Commission’s interconnection rules. Long Beach’s concerns … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup: New DERMS, Switchgear Simulators & FLISR

Today's Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup focuses on a joint flexibility solution that's a result of a new Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partnership, as well as products from Russelectric and G&W Electric. Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partner to simplify integration, increase visibility Schneider Electric and AutoGrid have partnered … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Secures $300M Equity Commitment from Warburg Pincus

Scale Microgrid Solutions, a New Jersey-based microgrid company that focuses on commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, today announced that it has secured an equity commitment of up to $300 million from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The four-year-old company says that the investment will help it accelerate growth, with … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Microgrid Aficionados

We couldn’t find socks with microgrids on them or chocolates shaped like solar panels. But in poking around the marketplace we did discover a few items that are likely to evoke a grin from microgrid aficionados over the holidays. So if you’re stumped while shopping for your friend who tends to lapse into passionate discussions about … [Read more...]

Microgrids: Achieving Reliable Power for Our Most Critical Facilities

Schneider Electric's Andy Haun explores how healthcare microgrids can improve energy resiliency for hospitals and other medical facilities. Hospitals are among the most critical facilities for ongoing public health and emergency response. As recent events have shown, power outages don’t discriminate, which puts hospitals and their patients … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind.  As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]