A Holistic Approach for Wildfire Mitigation

wildfire

 Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. The problem has been complicated by climate change, forest management, outdated and neglected electrical infrastructure, and local land-use decisions that allow communities to sprawl deeper into wildfire-prone … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Highlights Commitment to On-Site Power Reliability

Power Reliability

Mission-critical enterprises use microgrids with on-site power systems to achieve the highest possible reliability. Power outages are increasingly unacceptable at military bases, health-care facilities, data centers, distribution centers, and retail facilities. A disturbance that is literally faster than the blink of an eye can damage equipment, … [Read more...]

Maximizing the Value of On-Site Power Generation with EPA Tier 4 Final Stationary Engines

Stationary Engines

Whether for standby power, base-load power generation or built-in redundancy for critical assets, many organizations install stationary engines at their facilities so they may generate their own power. Because these stationary engines are relatively commonplace, they collectively have an impact on air quality and public health, so the Environmental … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Retail Report: How Retailers Can Increase Electric Reliability

business microgrid

 MICROGRIDS FOR RETAIL SPECIAL REPORT Businesses lose billions of dollars every year from loss of power. When those businesses are retail stores, the community also suffers. Food and water become scarce. Essential goods are difficult to find. And it can be hard to get around if gasoline is unavailable. Further, customers lose confidence in … [Read more...]

Driving Resiliency Through Your Organization’s Energy Infrastructure

energy infrastructure

Leaders in large corporations, government agencies, and other organizations face numerous challenges in running their day-to-day operations. For them, energy – the lifeblood of many organizations – has historically been seen as reliable, and occasional power outages considered an inevitable cost of doing business. However, these same organizations … [Read more...]

Biogas Microgrid

Butler farms microgrid

Power from pig manure has proven to be an innovative solution to several farm challenges for a unique hog farm in rural Lillington, N.C. This report explores how Butler Farms installed lagoon covers for animal waste to not only reduce odors and eliminate rainwater ingress, but also to capture biogas to utilize as a renewable energy … [Read more...]

A Comparison of Fuel Choice for Backup Generators

natural gas backup generators

The costs of a power outage to a business can be substantial, including losses in product, revenue, productivity, and customers. With increasing severe weather events and disasters triggering greater numbers of costly power outages, there is a growing interest in generators for reliable backup power. This report discusses the costs and benefits … [Read more...]

Building a Better Microgrid with Hardware in the Loop

hardware-in-the-loop testing

The electric power grid is undergoing one of the most fundamental changes since its inception over a century ago. That transformation has been summed up as the “3 Ds,” which stands for digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization.  This value-added shift is being aided, in part, by new tools and processes, such as Hardware in the Loop … [Read more...]

Opportunities for Public Infrastructure Microgrids: Protecting our Critical Facilities

critical infrastructure microgrids

Local governments, military officials, university heads, utilities, water and waste facilities, as well as executives overseeing hospitals, transit, airports, and port authorities are exploring the feasibility of microgrids for their operations and seeking relevant examples to emulate. This microgrid guide, developed by Rima Oueid, a senior adviser … [Read more...]

The Short and Long-Term Care of Your Microgrid

microgrid care

You may have experienced lessons learned while building your microgrid, and there’s more to learn even after your system is online about microgrid care. If you haven’t identified who’s responsible for troubleshooting issues, then you’re likely the one doing it. This might be all right if you have enough knowledgeable staff to monitor a … [Read more...]