Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [Read more...]

A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City. The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

Calculating Microgrid Return on Investment (ROI): What’s Electric Reliability Worth?

Power outages carry a cost. But exactly how much? Not knowing makes it difficult to calculate microgrid return on investment (ROI), as we explain in “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Below is an excerpt. Return on investment, or ROI, is a common financial metric used … [Read more...]

Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & KEPCO Up and Running

The duo of PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) now have a utility-scale microgrid to show as they market their technology in North America. PowerStream, an Ontario utility, and KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, cut the ribbon this week on a microgrid that serves 400 residential and business customers in Penetanguishene, a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Publishes Guide on Microgrid Financing

Microgrid financing is uncharted territory for many investors because microgrids are relatively new, complex and different from other forms of alternative energy. Financing models are likely to become clear once investors understand how to calculate a return on investment (ROI) for microgrids. Establishing microgrid ROI requires a full … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [Read more...]

Why is Microgrid Financing Difficult?

No 'killer app' exists for microgrid financing. And until one is found, microgrid growth is unlikely to reach full steam, as we explain in "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller. Below is an excerpt. The microgrid industry is expected to see rapid growth in the coming decade. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers and the Management of Distributed Energy Resources

This white paper from EPRI  provides an in depth analysis of  the relationship of microgrid controller with Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) and Utility Distributed Management System (DMS). Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have … [Read more...]

Embracing Renewable Energy to Benefit the Bottom Line

Renewable energy has arrived… at the bottom line. A growing number of businesses today are embracing renewable energy projects like solar arrays, wind turbines and off-grid power solutions – but not just because they are environmental stewards, or because it’s “the right thing to do.” Renewable energy projects are more than the latest innovation: … [Read more...]

Importance of a Distribution Management System (DMS) in Grid Modernization

Argonne National Laboratory - Energy Division, just released a white paper on the importance of a distribution management system (DMS) as part of the advanced distribution management systems for grid modernization. Grid modernization is transforming the operation and management of electric distribution systems from manual, paper-driven business … [Read more...]