Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: What’s the single statistic microgrid customers need to understand?

In this 10-minute Microgrid Talk interview, our experts answer the question: "What energy statistic do you wish microgrid customers better understood?" This is the first of three interviews in our "Microgrid Truths, Lucky Truths and Statistics" series. (Yes, we are flipping around Mark Twains' words: "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." — Elisa … [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...]

Why do data center operators choose diesel backup over cleaner microgrids?

Operators of data centers — which consume high amounts of electricity per square foot of space — generally choose diesel backup systems over cleaner microgrids, sticking to the tried and true and believing that diesel provides the best reliability option. But that conservative choice yields emissions of carbon and particulates and misses … [Read more...]

Top 10 most read microgrid articles for 2021

Analyzing which articles attract readership offers us valuable insight into market trends. What did the 10 most read microgrid articles of 2021 tell us? A lot of newcomers are exploring the topic and strong curiosity exists about project innovation and the role of microgrids during disasters. Readers are also keeping a careful eye on policy … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used

Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various … [Read more...]

California’s First-of-a-Kind Microgrid for Wastewater Treatment

Mike Byrnes, senior vice president of Veolia North America and CEO of SourceOne, Veolia's energy consulting company, discusses an innovative California microgrid project bringing energy independence, greater resiliency and efficiency for Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.  Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as … [Read more...]

AECOM and Veolia Help Advance Wastewater Treatment Microgrid in Southern California

The city of Rialto, California, is moving ahead with plans to build a microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant with support from Veolia and AECOM. AECOM was selected to design the $8.2 million microgrid, which is expected to include a 360-kW reciprocating engine that would run on biogas, a 1.6-MW photovoltaic system and a 2.5-MWh lithium … [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...]

Calculating Costs: Is a Microgrid Cost-Effective for Your Facility?

Jack Griffin, vice president and general manager/Boston of SourceOne, a Veolia company, explains what to consider in calculating microgrid value. This interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, is the fourth and final article in our series, “Are Microgrids Expensive?” Are microgrids expensive? Jack Griffin: Yes, they … [Read more...]