The Financial Decision-Makers Guide to Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids

Energy-as-a-Service Model

If you’re an executive who makes energy decisions for your company or organization, chances are you’re hearing about microgrids and energy-as-a-service with increasing frequency — and for good reason. Microgrids have been available for years, performing safely and effectively. But new technology and business models present energy customers with … [Read more...]

Dawn of the Utility Microgrid: The Path to a Profitable Future

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It is no secret to anyone in the utility industry that developments in technology and changing markets are transforming the traditional way of doing business and paving the way toward the dawn of the utility microgrid. There are several trends occurring in the industry that point specifically to the need for utilities to utilize generation assets … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Distributed Energy Resources

We are in the midst of an evolution toward a more decentralized power grid, a shifting away from electricity delivered via large central power plants and long transmission lines to more distributed energy resources (DER). The new paradigm calls for use of local resources, such as rooftop solar, small natural gas generators and microgrids that … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Time-of-Use Rates: Calculating the Impact on Behind-the-Meter Solar PV and Energy Storage

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For utilities, electricity is generally more expensive and complex to deliver when demand is high. To help cover these costs, California’s utilities have traditionally imposed time-of-use (TOU) rates, which created a daily schedule that applies different prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. When demand is highest, prices are highest … [Read more...]

Mini-grids: Renewable, Resilient and Reliable electric systems

Siemens commissioned this report on mini-grids to inform the next IRP that will guide the grid rebuilding and development for Puerto Rico, leveraging 170 years of experience across a broad spectrum of energy generation, distribution and energy storage solution breakthroughs. By analyzing often-competing objectives such as cost, reliability and … [Read more...]

The Affordable Microgrid: Securing Electric Reliability through Outsourcing

microgrids in texas

The number of widespread power outages caused by the hurricanes of 2017 and nor’easters of early 2018 were the latest reminders of the fragile nature of the grid across North America. Microgrids are local power generation resources that may be coupled with storage and controllers supplying power to a facility when the grid is down or unstable. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits and Example Projects

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Energy decentralization is a major development that could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century. Major technical and economic improvements have allowed substantial progress in decentralized energy resources, such as solar energy and storage and the Internet of Things (IoT), driving new cooperation and optimization capabilities. Also … [Read more...]

Microgrid Implementation Challenges and Key Technologies

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Microgrid implementation and project challenges vary according to requirements and economic and business drivers, but on a broader level can be developed using a common approach. Microgrid technologies and solutions are already available, reliable and efficient, and there are many examples of successful implementations. However, microgrids’ … [Read more...]

Decentralization: How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition

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In the early 20th century, the centralization of electricity production made huge progress, enabling significant economies of scale and improved power plant efficiency. Today, decentralization could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century by creating an optimized way to access reliable, green and resilient energy. Major technical … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

data center microgrids

The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [Read more...]