Microgrid 2017 Video Series: What’s Moving Microgrids Forward Today

Nov. 28, 2017
At Microgrid 2017 in Boston, conference organizers interviewed a variety of microgrid and energy industry leaders to offer a survey of hot microgrid topics moving the industry forward today.

At this November’s sold out Microgrid 2017 in Boston, conference organizers and Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood interviewed a variety of energy industry leaders to offer a survey of hot topics in the microgrid market today. Browse the Microgrid 2017 video gallery below to stay up to speed on what trends are moving microgrids forward today. 

What It Would Take for a ‘Breakthrough’ in Microgrid Policy

Greg Clark, senior project manager at POWER Engineers, discusses the state of the microgrid industry and what needs to happen to spark a breakthrough in energy and microgrid policy. H.G. Chissell, founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group — as well as the recently announced master of ceremonies for Microgrid 2018 — asked Clark what he thinks it would take to have a breakthrough in microgrid policy to open up opportunities for microgrids.

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Solar Plus Storage: An Increasingly Cost-Competitive Way to Improve Resiliency

Doug Staker of Demand Energy Networks, discusses the potential of solar plus storage — and how it can boost resiliency — with Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood. Do you think solar plus storage is still too expensive to use in commercial projects? Staker thinks the tides are turning.

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Exploring How Microgrids are Changing the Role of the Utility

Daniel Wycklendt, business development manager, distribution automation at G&W Electric, describes utility transformation in the era of the microgrid. Wycklendt explained that G&W, a supplier of power electrical equipment since 1905, sees today’s distribution utility changing. 

The Value of Energy Resiliency and the Role of Microgrids

Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, asked Michael Bakas, executive vice president at Ameresco if microgrids will one day achieve the market share and importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

“Without question,” Bakas responded — if customers can assign a value to energy resiliency.

How Can Cybersecure Microgrids Help During Cyberattacks on the Grid?

We have good reason to worry about a cyberattack on the electric grid; the threat is real, says S&C Electric’s Michael Kilpatrick in a video interview with Elisa Wood. Kilpatrick explains how a cybersecure microgrid works.

The Potential of Microgrids and CHP to Cut Operating Costs, Boost Resiliency

Tim Peer, vice president, district energy, at BOND Brothers, explains how microgrids, distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) can lead to lower operating costs and increased resiliency.

During Peer’s presentation at Microgrid 2017, he described why interest is growing in distributed energy and CHP.

The Intelligent Microgrid and the Value of Software

Michael Carlson, president, Siemens Digital Grid NA, defines an intelligent microgrid and discusses the role of software in boosting the value of microgrids and providing services to the grid. He also describes two Siemens microgrid projects.

How Microgrids-as-a-Service Could Lead to a Surge in Microgrid Use

Mark Feasel, vice president of Schneider Electric’s electric utility segment and smart grid business in the U.S., explains how microgrids-as-a-service could lead to a surge in microgrid use. 

How Community Microgrids Have the Power to Change Civilization

Jayant Kumar, global digital grids program director at GE Grid Solutions, discusses how microgrids can change civilization, and why every city planner should keep them top of mind. Elisa Wood, chief editor of Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Kumar at Microgrid 2017 in Boston.

Stay tuned to Microgrid Knowledge over the coming weeks for additional videos and interviews from Microgid 2017. 

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