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Charts: The Evolution of US Microgrid Adoption

March 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Microgrid Evolution

Microgrids are the most recent topic du jour in grid modernization, but there is far more talk than action about it. Most of the activity today is happening at universities and military installations, but cities are poised to take a larger role in coming years.[read more]

New York Plans $40M in Prizes for Storm-Resilient Microgrids

January 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. Will that be enough to overcome barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in the Empire State?[read more]

What's In a Word – A Microgrid or a Managed Grid?

December 17, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

College campuses are often identified as excellent candidates for microgrid deployments, and indeed, many have had them for years, without calling them microgrids. They had local generation for thermal loads, and as costs have dropped, significant installations of onsite solar PV.[read more]


Will the World's Emerging Economies Shape the Future of the Electric Grid?

October 10, 2013 by Steven Collier

Talk about “the future of the electric grid” has been focused on developed nations, where discussion of “smart grids” and advanced power systems are commonplace. That focus may be misplaced; the big markets driving the modern grid may emerge in the world’s developing economies.[read more]


Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

June 13, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins


Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home?[read more]

DC Power Microgrids: Self-Sufficiency for Utility Customers

June 6, 2013 by Steven Collier

Customers foot the bill for grid outages anyway, both theirs and their utility’s. Why not invest some of that money on some measure of self-sufficiency?[read more]

Smart Energy Campus: Smart Grid Research, Energy Innovation

May 22, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Philadelphia's new Smart Energy Campus will serve as a "hub for workforce training, building performance testing, energy management research and ‘smart’ microgrid modernization deployments.”[read more]

The Military Microgrid as Smart Grid Asset

May 18, 2013 by Jeff St. John

military microgrid?

Never-fail military microgrids are breaking new ground in distributed energy management. Now one of them is getting connected to the grid at large.[read more]

The Disruptive Possibilities of Microgrids

April 16, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

What will be the disruptive technology that starts the slow erosion of commercial businesses away from traditional electric utilities? What technology will dramatically reshape today’s power grids? Microgrids.[read more]

Of Smart Grids and Resilience: Where’s My Microgrid?

April 13, 2013 by Katherine Tweed


You can’t throw a stone at smart grid conference these days and not hit a panel talking about microgrids. The chatter is incessant, but the actual work done to date has been far more limited.[read more]

Renewables, Efficiency Take Flight in Air Force Energy Strategy

April 11, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Air Force energy strategy

Unstable global energy supplies and greatly reduced federal funding might be the two biggest threats facing the US Air Force – but it looks like clean energy technology is the solution to both.[read more]


The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters

December 13, 2012 by Dick DeBlasio

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More than 8 million people along the U.S. East Coast were rendered powerless in the wake of October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, for example. Each new large-scale natural disaster delivers its own unique cocktail of heartache and damage, but the need to modernize the electrical grid is a common denominator—growing only more glaring with each new setback.[read more]

Is An Electricity eBay in our Future?

October 23, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid can deliver significant changes to consumer interactions in electricity markets. Today, consumer enrollment in demand response (DR) programs is the typical form of participation with a focus on the production of negawatts. Among the most exciting possibilities for Smart Grid innovations are the opportunities for consumers to become prosumers – and participate as producers as well as consumers of energy in the distribution (low voltage) grid.[read more]

Why the Power Grid Should Go The Way of the Shuttle

September 25, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The final voyage of the Endeavour made its way to San Francisco and Silicon Valley on September 21, 2012.  It was a gloriously beautiful day, and many people turned out to bid farewell to the fifth and final space shuttle.  The shuttle program lasted thirty years, and has a remarkable record of accomplishments, such as being...[read more]

Grid Resiliency Is Required for Improved Grid Reliability

March 26, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-chairs of the recent Smart Grid study titled “The Future of the Electric Grid”  just visited Silicon Valley to discuss their report with investors and entrepreneurs.   If you haven’t read the study, I recommend it because it’s an interesting read.  The study co-...[read more]