New Video: Crisis Communications in the Age of Extremes

In this new age where extreme events are becoming more commonplace, how can we enhance critical communication between utilities, customers and other stakeholders? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. A new age There’s little doubt about it: We’ve entered an age of extremes. According to an Accenture survey, most utility … [Read more...]

Washington State Provides Funds for Nine Microgrids

Washington State announced $3.9 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund on Aug. 25, to design and build 18 electric grid modernization projects, including microgrids. Nine of the projects include microgrids and all help Washington’s utilities move the state closer to its 2045 goal of having 100% of its electricity supply free of … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrids Create Value for Utilities and Consumers

A new white paper from PowerSecure looks at how advanced microgrids, designed with an understanding of the dynamics and evolution of the modern power grid, can create extraordinary value for both utilities and consumers. Microgrids are often thought of as a form of backup power or a boutique renewable energy project. But, according to the … [Read more...]

Report Finds Interest in Microgrids and DERs among Utilities’ Industrial Customers

Utilities are finding that their industrial customers want to deploy microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) and are seeking their help, according to research by the consulting firm Deloitte. Their interest is driven by the desire to cut costs, achieve resilience and meet sustainability goals, said Marlene Motyka, US and global … [Read more...]

Utilities Explore New Microgrid Strategies: Americas Offer Most Promise

The global market for grid-tied utility microgrids is expected to grow just under a billion dollars in 2020 to approximately $6.8 billion annually by 2029. Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, explains the story behind the numbers. The electric utility industry may have started with microgrids when Thomas Edison pioneered the … [Read more...]

Microgrids as Non-Wires Alternatives

S&C Electric's Erik Svanholm discusses the potential of microgrids as non-wires alternatives, which use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional ‘wires and poles’ infrastructure. Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) are any nontraditional investments that allow electric utilities to … [Read more...]

Three Paths Ahead as Utility Microgrids Reach Inflexion Point: Navigant

Utility microgrids are at an inflexion point, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The inflexion point comes from the confluence of two trends. First is the global growth of distributed energy resources (DER). The second is a change in utility attitudes toward microgrids. According to Navigant projections, global deployments … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

New York Paves the Way to Understanding Microgrid Utility Requirements

What lessons can we take from New York when it comes to navigating local microgrid utility requirements? According to a new Veolia white paper: The answer is quite a few. In the new report, Veolia, which focuses on optimized energy resource management, highlights how microgrids present a reliable, resilient, and cost-effective alternative … [Read more...]