S&C Electric and IPERC Announce Merger

Two significant players in the microgrid industry, S&C Electric and IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) today announced that they will merge.Chicago-based S&C, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, is acquiring New York-based IPERC, an industry leader in cybersecure, intelligent … [Read more...]

Why it Takes Time to Develop Community Microgrids

Community microgrids aren't exactly a pop-up businesses. But what delays their development is also a key appeal – local control of energy.That’s one of the points raised in Black & Veatch’s recent snapshot of the electric industry, the “2016 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report.”The report emerged out Black & Veatch’s … [Read more...]

Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

Here's another twist on why energy storage is a good thing. It can help clean the air and improve public health. Seth Mullendore of Clean Energy Group explains.Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: What’s the Best Fuel for Use in a Genset?

From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the pros and cons of the fuels used in reciprocating engines.Electricity costs are determined largely by the price and availability of fuels used in power production. As a result, the power … [Read more...]

Off-grid Microgrids and Nanogrids on the Rise…Stem Wins with Storage-as-a-service…NY on Standby Charges

Here come the off-grid microgrids and nanogrids Navigant Research forecasts that annual revenue for off-grid power will exceed $25 billion in 2024 as remote areas of the world install microgrids and nanogrids.Nanogrids alone are expected to become a $17.5 billion annual business by 2024, driven by growing need to charge cellphones in the … [Read more...]

What is a Reciprocating Engine Generator?

Everyone knows what solar and wind energy is. But ask, 'What is a reciprocating engine generator?' and most people are stumped. Yet this mainstay technology plays a crucial role in keeping on the lights. We define 'reciprocating engine generator' in this excerpt from the new Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and … [Read more...]

Energy Storage and the Supermajors…6 Policies to Up Corporate Use of Renewables…& More News

What Total's energy storage play means for supermajors French oil company Total is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed energy generation, Lux Research says, and the other global oil supermajors — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total — should follow … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: Unsung Heroes of the Electric Grid

The new Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, looks at a technology that gets little attention but serves a crucial role on the electric grid. Reciprocating engine generators are often the last line of defense when all other resources fail in a power outage. That's just … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

Radical decentralization may not be upon us yet.  But microgrids are most certainly advancing. ABB's Bob Fesmire describes regulatory, market and technical changes needed to bring about a microgrid future.Next to distributed energy resources (and also because of them), microgrids have to be one of the hottest topics in the power industry at the … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS).AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]