Puerto Rico’s Microgrids: From Tragedy to Innovative Model for the World?

Puerto Rico's microgrids

At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, Footprint's William Heegaard and Jared Leader, of Smart Electric Power Alliance, explored the role Puerto Rico's microgrids play in disaster and resiliency planning for the island -- and why the island offers a model for the world. Jared Leader, senior associate at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), described the … [Read more...]

Latest NREL Research Highlights: Costs, Resiliency and Microgrids

NREL

At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago in May, leaders from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shared their latest research on microgrids and their costs and resiliency. Jeffrey Cook, NREL renewable energy policy and market analyst, explained how to build a policy framework for resilient microgrids in today’s climate. This research was … [Read more...]

Innovations in Energy Generation, Storage & Networks to Improve Efficiency and Ensure Reliability

Energy Generation

At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, experts from FuelCell Energy, Younicos and Power Engineers explored the latest innovations in energy generation, storage, microgrids and networks. Geoff Slevin, director, business development at FuelCell Energy, offered the case for fuel-cell microgrids. Fuel cells can be more efficient than competing baseload … [Read more...]

Navigating Local Utility Requirements for Microgrids: Lessons from New York

Microgrid Utility Requirements

Across the United States, cities and facilities with mission-critical energy requirements have begun a paramount shift from centralized energy generation to local, renewable, and flexible distributed energy resources. Distributed energy concepts like microgrids have become viable and sustainable energy strategies thanks to major technological … [Read more...]

Urban Microgrids Find Place in Redevelopment

urban microgrids

This panel presentation on urban microgrids from Microgrid 2018 includes research and analysis on the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid and the Hudson Yard microgrid. Experts from NetZero Microgrid Solutions and Ameresco explore how the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid is anchored by a natural-gas peaking plant, while the team at Veolia explains … [Read more...]

A Project to Last: Engaging with Stakeholders throughout the Distributed Energy Development Process

Distributed Energy Development

GI Energy has gained a lot of experience in distributed energy development -- particularly when it comes to stakeholder requirements -- over the 15 years it has worked in energy infrastructure. The company shared this knowledge through case studies presented at Microgrid 2018. Topics included: the Parkville Microgrid (Hartford, Ct.), San … [Read more...]

How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience & Climate Strategies

climate strategies

Microgrids offer a classic example of government policy chasing technology. While microgrids are being developed worldwide, few jurisdictions offer much-needed policy guidance and certainty. At Microgrid 2018, Edward Yim, associate director at the DC Department of Energy and Environment, shared how scalable resilience and a focus on climate … [Read more...]

How to Build a Microgrid in a Day

Stone Edge Farm Microgrid

Microgrids are often built as customized, one-off projects. Concern exists that the industry cannot scale under this model, and prices will remain out of reach for many smaller facilities, such as farms. At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, Craig Wooster, project manager and general contractor for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project, unveiled a new … [Read more...]

How to Value and Monetize Energy Resiliency in Microgrids

resiliency

Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy resiliency and reliability are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? What is government’s role? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by … [Read more...]

Global Microgrid Tour: All Signs Point to Australia

global microgrid

Peter Asmus, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, offers a snapshot of global microgrid development trends, then zeros in on Australia as the current hotspot for smart integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). Why Australia? In his Microgrid 2018 presentation, Asmus discusses innovative microgrids, virtual power plants and … [Read more...]