Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help make the project … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Sees Shifts in the Microgrid Market  

Conference attendance reveals a lot about microgrid market trends. Just a few years ago federal agencies, municipalities and other big energy users dominated events. Utility attendance was scarce. But no more. Utilities have arrived. That is one of the big shifts that Schneider Electric identified in a recent executive interview with … [Read more...]

The Oncor Microgrid: What Makes it Like No Other

Details are finally out about the Oncor microgrid, a project of the Texas utility, S&C Electric and Schneider Electric that has created industry buzz because of its sophistication. Today the companies lifted the veil off the completed project near Lancaster, Texas. The new microgrid isn’t particularly large (1.25 MW), but oh what’s inside. Not … [Read more...]

Rumor is True. Oncor Unveils First-of-a-Kind Microgrid

Rumors have circulated for months that S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Oncor had in the works a microgrid more sophisticated than any so far built in North America. Today the companies lifted the veil off the completed project near Lancaster, Texas. The new microgrid isn’t particularly large (1.25 MW), but oh what’s inside. Not one … [Read more...]

What Politicians Need to Know about Clean Energy Jobs

American politics is mired in team picking. Unfortunately, most  causes are designated as friend to one political party or the other. And if you're not my friend, you're my enemy. Job creation, however, captures the allegiance of  both Republicans and Democrats.  Job creation also is one of the major paybacks from a clean energy economy. That’s … [Read more...]

Capstone Sees Business Uptick from Microgrids and CHP

Capstone Turbine has reported an uptick in microturbine orders as a result of new interest in combined heat and power and microgrids in the United States. “Microgrid and power resiliency demand seem to be picking up generally,” said Darren Jamison, president and CEO of the California-based microturbine manufacturer, during an earnings call … [Read more...]