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Microgrid Technology and Engineering Risks: The Importance of Engaging an Expert Partner

Jim Bishop, Ameresco; Microgrid Knowledge Summary Today’s advanced microgrids are flexible, multi-functional and complex. Taken together with their relatively cutting edge underlying software intelligence, and it is clear why some energy customers see microgrid technology as daunting. ...


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Choosing the Type of Microgrid that is Right for Your Operation

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary So you’ve decided that your operation needs a microgrid. But what type of microgrid? Answering that question isn’t always easy because microgrids come in many different permutations, often customized to the business, factory, hospital, university,...


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How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in...


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Regulators Want to Know If Georgia Power Considered a Microgrid for the Atlanta Airport

Eilsa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary State regulators want to know if Georgia Power had considered a microgrid “for such a critical customer” as the Atlanta airport before this week’s 11-hour electrical outage. The question was among a series that the staff of the Georgia Public Service...


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Can Waste-to-Energy Microgrids be the Missing Link for Puerto Rico?

Myles Mangram, Microgrid Knowledge Summary IQgrid’s Myles Mangram urges Puerto Rico to consider waste-to-energy microgrids as it rebuilds post-Hurricane Maria. The technology can simultaneously take care of two problems characteristic of storm-damaged areas: lack of power and an accumulation...


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Microgrid Deployment Rises: The Biggest Disruptor to the Power Industry is Here

Chris Evanich, S&C Electric, Microgrid Knowledge Summary In this week’s Industry Perspectives , Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, describes how a rise in microgrid deployment is disrupting today’s power industry. Last month, Microgrid Knowledge and the...


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VIDEO: The Potential of Microgrids and CHP to Cut Operating Costs, Boost Resiliency

Sarah Rubenoff, Microgrid Knowledge Summary In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Tim Peer, vice president, district energy, at BOND Brothers, explains how microgrids, distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) can lead to lower operating costs and increased...


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Smarter Energy Management Delivers Reliability, Efficiency and Cost Savings

Sarah Rubenoff, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A new white paper from Eaton explores how microgrid evolution is fueling smarter energy management. Recently, with increased capacity of distributed energy resources – think solar, wind, combined heat and power (CHP), energy storage, and more —...


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DOE identifies possible microgrid opportunities in Puerto Rico

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Credit U.S. Department of Defense Summary The U.S. Department of Energy has identified 200 potential microgrid sites in Puerto Rico, as part of an effort to rebuild and modernize the island’s devastated electricity system. Bruce Walker, assistant...


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Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the...