Mark Feasel exits Schneider to join FuelCell Energy

Mark Feasel, a well-known figure in the microgrid industry who has guided Schneider Electric’s rise in the microgrid market, has taken a new position with FuelCell Energy. Feasel will serve as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, a position previously held by FuelCell Energy’s president and CEO, Jason Few. Feasel will … [Read more...]

What Biden’s State of the Union indicates about the path ahead for microgrids

Federal tax credits for clean energy, which include microgrids, appear to still be in play based on the State of the Union address delivered by President Joe Biden last night. In the annual speech before Congress, Biden discussed the tax credits in the context of helping Americans economically and battling inflation. He said that combating … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs, How to Lower Them and What They Mean for the Sector’s Growth

Factors like generation choice, battery size and interconnection upgrades affect microgrid costs, but there are ways to manage them so projects can move forward with satisfied customers, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 conference session called "Why Does a Microgrid Cost What It Costs?" A 2018 study by the National Renewable … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Companies in the News: Schneider Named Most Sustainable Corporation

A roundup on the latest news about microgrid companies... Schneider Electric Ranked Most Sustainable Corporation Schneider Electric, the digital transformation, energy management and automation company, has been named the world's most sustainable corporation in an annual list compiled by Corporate Knights, a media and research company focused on … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]

What Articles on Microgrid Knowledge are Capturing the Most Attention?

The most read Microgrid Knowledge articles for the first half of 2019 tell the story of an industry attracting larger players and building more sophisticated projects, particularly for communities and commercial and industrial facilities. Renewables and energy storage continue to dominate the discussion. Fuel cells appear to be gaining … [Read more...]

Schneider, Planet Ark Power Win Grant for Renewable Microgrid in South Australia

Australian-based Planet Ark Power and multinational partner Schneider Electric have won a $1.95 million grant towards a $13.9 million renewable microgrid at a major distribution center in South Australia's capital city Adelaide. The project includes a microgrid management system governing 5.7 MW of solar photovoltaics and 2.9 MWh of battery … [Read more...]

What Would You Pay for Energy Resiliency?

If you don’t know the answer, join the club. Energy resiliency – maintaining a secure energy supply even when calamity strikes – is a key reason why many want microgrids in North America. But ssigning a dollar value to energy resiliency remains one of the most perplexing issues facing the microgrid industry today. Power outages cost the U.S. … [Read more...]