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S&C Electric VP Defines ‘Non-Wires Alternatives’ and the Role of Microgrids

Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, defines the term "non-wires alternatives" and gives examples of how microgrids can provide these alternatives to traditional investments in wires and the transmission grid during an interview with Microgrid Knowledge editor in chief, Elisa Wood at Microgrid … [Read more...]

SDGE Plans to Release an RFP Seeking a Microgrid Controller

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) next month seeking a microgrid controller to help it manage energy storage and renewable energy.The California utility issued a notice Tuesday signaling the upcoming RFP, scheduled for release Wednesday, December 21.The utility seeks microgrid technology … [Read more...]

The Vital Role of Reciprocating Engines in Remote Communities

We offer a global view of reciprocating engines in remote communities in this excerpt from the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage.In a land where winter can bring only a few hours of sunlight daily—or none at all for 67 days in Barrow, Alaska the northern most … [Read more...]

Microgrid Player Hitachi on the Environment…Siemens and Software…S&C Project Award…ABB’s Microgrid Sails

Microgrid player Hitachi sets long-term environmental strategyHitachi, a key player in the microgrid market, has set a target to reduce carbon dioxide 80 percent across the company’s value chain as part of a new long-term environmental strategy.Called "Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050,” the plan also calls for a 50 percent improvement … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Grew 126%. And Surprise! California Did Not Lead the Way

Energy storage grew 126 percent in the U.S. between the first and second quarters this year, according to a report released today by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA).In all, the quarter saw 41.2 MW of new energy storage deployed, putting the industry on track for a second consecutive historic year, with an expected 287 MW … [Read more...]

Nested Microgrid Proposed for Town of New Paltz

Sometimes one microgrid in a single footprint is not enough. Sometimes a community needs a nested microgrid -- several separate microgrids in one -- to take energy reliability to a whole new level.A NY Prize contender, the Town of New Paltz, N.Y. has proposed such a project, a $12 million nodular microgrid to maintain energy supplies for … [Read more...]

Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

ABB's Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids.Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrids Elevated to Corporate ‘Next Level’

Microgrids are not a new business for ABB. In fact, while much of the world is just becoming aware of the technology, ABB has spent the last 15 years installing about 11 MW of off-grid microgrids in remote areas of the world.Four years ago the Switzerland-based technology company began to significantly accelerate its microgrid operation. That … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Engines and Microgrids: A Natural Fit

From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the natural fit between reciprocating engines and microgrids.Microgrids are not a new idea; in fact, there are microgrids that have been operating for decades. But it wasn’t until after Superstorm … [Read more...]