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"Chris is a valuable source of information on the future direction of wind energy. In this industry, innovation is key, and Chris has a complete understanding of what needs to happen to make the industry even more viable."
- David Hopwood, Editor
Renewable Energy Focus Magazine
Industry Update: Microgrid Backbone Generation Assets, Part 3: Microturbines Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Note: This post is the third part of a three-part series that asks the question, “What will provide the backbone generation for my microgrid?” The first post in this series focused on generator sets, a… [read more]

Industry Update: Microgrid Backbone Generation Assets, Part 2: Fuel Cells Friday, January 4th, 2013

Note: This is Part Two of a three-part series that will address several options for backbone generation in a microgrid. This post will focus on fuel cells, a technology that uses a fuel source and… [read more]

Industry Update: Department of Defense Study on Microgrids Friday, December 14th, 2012

Part Two of our series on options for backbone generation assets for microgrids will be posted next week. In the meantime, we thought readers might be interested in an excellent report from the Department of… [read more]

Industry Update: Microgrid Backbone Generation Assets, Part 1: Gen-sets Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Note: This is Part One of a three-part series that will address several options for backbone generation in a microgrid. This post will focus on generator sets, a traditional form of auxiliary power. The second… [read more]

Industry Update: U.S. Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Friday, November 30th, 2012

In the past couple of weeks, we have seen strong affirmation of support for renewable energy in the UK and China. What will the new Obama Administration do to keep up? In the UK, greater… [read more]

Industry Update: Protecting the Electric Grid from Terrorism Monday, November 19th, 2012

It is important to remember that our electric grid is not only vulnerable to natural disasters and accidental blackouts. Peter Kelly-Detwiler’s most recent article for Forbes cogently highlights the dangers stemming from intentional attacks on… [read more]

Industry Update: Big Data Friday, November 16th, 2012

This blog post will discuss a hot new trend that touches almost every part of our lives: Big Data. What is Big Data? While it is somewhat difficult to pin down a specific definition, I… [read more]

Industry Update: Natural Gas Revolution Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A revolution in natural gas production and consumption is currently well underway. Interested in learning more? The article linked below is a cogent piece on the current natural gas revolution. Shell’s CEO Peter Voser puts… [read more]

Firm Update: Trip to Williamstown Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Greetings from the Purple Valley! Chris and I are currently in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the home of our alma mater, Williams College. It feels like just yesterday I was packing up and getting ready to move… [read more]

Industry Update: Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change, and Microgrids Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change The past week has given a new sense of urgency to addressing climate change. With New York City and the rest of the Northeast still reeling from Hurricane Sandy and… [read more]