Welcome to About Microgrids, a section of Microgrid Knowledge that defines microgrid terms and concepts to help readers understand the growing usefulness and popularity of this form of distributed energy.

Microgrids 101: A Non-geek Definition of Microgrid

A modern day microgrid is a mini-version of the electric grid – except usually smarter and more efficient.So before we provide a definition of microgrid, we need to define ‘the grid.’The electric grid is the interconnected wires, poles and power plants that deliver electricity to our homes and business.People use the catch-phrase … [Read more...]

Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) 101

Reed Brown, of the Alliance to Save Energy, explains the benefits of utility energy service contracts (UESC) and why their full worth isn't always recognized.The federal government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. One popular method that can help the government reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency, which can produce … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency economics: Beyond 101

At first blush, the economics of energy efficiency seem straightforward.A business installs lighting controls or some other improvement. The business then sees its energy costs drop. From the savings, the business repays the investment over weeks, months or years, and then turns a profit on the asset.While that equation holds true, analysts … [Read more...]