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These programs can work to reward businesses for using their DERs to lower consumption during peak use periods. (Photo:By gyn9037/

Bundling Competitive Supply and DERs Could Reap Benefits for Texas Market

Sept. 30, 2020
A new report from NRG explores the benefits of bundling competitive supply and distributed energy resources. NRG points out that while pursuing either approach makes sense, “managing...
Those with ABDR don’t have to cut back on operations to curb use of grid power. Instead, they switch to their on-site generators — likely natural gas — to continue their important work and at the same time receive a demand response payment. (Photo: Shutterstock/By art4all)

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

Sept. 13, 2019
Those with ABDR don’t have to cut back on operations to curb use of grid power. Instead, they switch to their on-site generators — likely natural gas — to continue their important...
Irvine commercial building network. Courtesy of AMS

California Virtual Power Plant “Shattering Records” for Distributed Energy Storage

March 20, 2019
Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services...

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Advanced software intelligence can coordinate the operations of multiple DERs and sometimes multiple microgrids, even those with multiple system owners. (Photo: foxbat/Shutterstock)

Microgrids and Distributed Energy: How Customers Can Get Full Value

Jan. 31, 2019
A push-and-pull between government policy and technological evolution helped promote today’s microgrid markets. Those who understand the changes — and how to maximize opportunities...

The Rise of Microgrids and DERs: Out of Competition Came Innovation

Jan. 24, 2019
What was the impetus for the rise of microgrids and distributed energy? What role did competition play? Here’s a look inside the history of electric competition.
it took more than 10 days to restore electricity to 350,000 customers after fires ravaged California’s wine country last year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

Jan. 17, 2019
Society increasingly builds distributed energy resources for human comfort and safety, benefits not readily quantified in markets. Here’s a look at the history of incentives and...
he industry has created a third model—an opportunity to secure microgrid benefits by contracting for services rather than ‘buying’ an energy plant. This model is called energy-as-a-service (EaaS). Photo: Shutterstock)

What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities

Jan. 2, 2019
A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This entry takes a look at what the rise of local energy...

Here Comes the Rolls-Royce of Microgrids. Literally.

Oct. 2, 2018
Yet another global name is expanding its microgrid play — Rolls-Royce — with yesterday’s announcement that it has taken a stake in an energy storage and controls startup and will...

Utilities as Microgrid Owners? Energy Giants Debate in D.C.

May 5, 2017
The city of Washington has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over whether having utilities as microgrid owners is okay from a legal and competitive perspective. Two industry...

Anbaric and Pension Fund to Build $2B in Microgrids and Transmission & Other Quick News

March 10, 2017
Anbaric partners with pension fund to build $2 billion in microgrids and transmission…Renewable microgrid planned for South Alberta…NRG Yield builds district energy in Pittsburgh...
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Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Nov. 21, 2016
Results of a microgrid survey released today find Siemens to be the best known player in the industry. Conducted by Microgrid Knowledge, the survey also shows electric reliability...

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

Oct. 28, 2015
Don’t recreate what already doesn’t work, warns the Microgrid Resources Coalition in the latest round of comments for New York’s REV.