An Early Warning before Electric Grid Failure

It’s hard to conceive of the tension electric grid failure creates in a hospital emergency room. The seconds tick by slowly as the medical team wonders if the back-up generator will kick on. A new program in New York City addresses this problem by giving hospitals and other large energy users a 10-20 minute warning when it looks like the grid is … [Read more...]

Podcast: What’s The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on for … [Read more...]

Putting Power in Consumers' Control with Microgrids, Storage

The future of energy is distributed energy, says Bill Watkins, CEO of Imergy Power. Solar, energy storage and microgrids will put power in consumers' control--where it should be, he says. Companies like Walmart should build microgrids and offer power to neighbors, he says in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Utilities Could Lose $48B Annually from Grid Flight and Energy Efficiency

Concern has heightened among utility executives about grid flight and energy efficiency, and new research indicates they have good reason to worry. Accenture is reporting today that energy efficiency and local energy could drive down utility revenue by as much as $48 billion a year in the United States and €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025. … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Seeks Bids to Integrate Solar into California Microgrid

The U.S. Navy is seeking a contractor to integrate solar panels into an existing microgrid at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Bids are due September 29. The microgrid is currently powered by wind turbines; the solar panels must be integrated with the wind system by the contractor. The Navy is using the microgrid to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Publisher to Moderate Panel at NextGen Microgrid Event Sept. 11

Kevin Normandeau, group publisher of Energy Efficiency Markets and Microgrid Knowledge, will moderate a panel "Controllers: Selecting the Right Technology to Control your Own Grid," on September 11 at the NextGen Microgrid conference in Chicago, Ill., Panel participants will include Schneider Electric, Green Energy Corp, and S&C Electric, … [Read more...]

Con Edison to Meet the Energy Needs of a Changing City

Push aside your stereotype about Con Edison as a slow moving public utility Goliath, and meet an energy company determined to change how it operates.  Con Ed, which serves the metropolitan New York area, is taking an innovative, cost savings approach to delivering dependable power that offers a glimpse into the future of what I predict all major … [Read more...]

Challenges of Microgrid Integration

  David Chiesa, director of commercial and industrial and micro grid market segments for S&C Electric, says that the military is on the leading edge of using microgrids to provide reliable power, but it's a big challenge to integrate the new technologies with the old grid. … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and Green Energy Corp Team Up for Microgrid Expansion

The formation of a new duo – energy management giant  and software innovator Green Energy Corp – signals the growing market for microgrids in North America. The two are partnering to offer what they are describing as a  complete microgrid solution, from design, through development, construction, operation and ownership. “A key element of our … [Read more...]