Driving Resiliency Through Your Organizations’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...]

Distributed Energy Award Goes to Unique Hog Farm 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. A report written by POWER magazine editor Aaron Larson explores how Butler Farms  installed lagoon covers for animal waste to not only reduce odors and eliminate rainwater ingress, but also to capture … [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...]

How to Build a Microgrid

building microgrids

Your microgrid project is ready to move forward. But a microgrid’s unique nature can trip up even the most advanced engineers and utility staff. Building microgrids is a complex endeavor.  The nature of microgrid topology generally means power can now flow in multiple directions on your grid.  And there are multiple facets to controlling your … [Read more...]

Is a Microgrid Right for You?

microgrid

Microgrids are becoming more and more prevalent for good reason. The microgrid is a modern approach to solving multiple energy challenges. But a microgrid’s unique nature can trip up even the most advanced engineers and utility staff.  The existing infrastructure isn’t designed for rapid change, and upgrades require significant capital. New … [Read more...]

California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Microgrid Projects Financed

Even as the microgrid market grows, developers are struggling to obtain financing. This paper, based on interviews with prominent developers, financiers and research reports, examines the evolution of microgrid financing and the obstacles to gaining financing. It also provides concrete advice for developers about how to get microgrid projects … [Read more...]