ERock Looks to Expand Reliability Microgrids; Signs $240-$335M Genset Deal

reliability microgrids

Positioning for growth, Enchanted Rock (ERock) has signed a deal for $240-$335 million of natural gas generators for its reliability microgrids. The deal comes as the microgrid developer continues to find traction for its reliability microgrid concept in Texas -- and moves to expand elsewhere in North America. Power Solutions … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Trains, Planes and Ships on the Rise

microgrids for trains

Microgrids for trains, planes and ships are on the rise as the transportation industry seeks greener, more reliable power. The latest we've come upon is a plan by Imperial College London and 10:10 to work together on a project to create microgrid-like solar for trains. The Renewable Traction Power project will look into using track-side solar … [Read more...]

What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state. Pay attention U.S. … [Read more...]

Vulnerable Oregon Coast Studied for Resiliency through Microgrids

Resiliency Through Microgrids

The Oregon coast could see increased resiliency through microgrids, given that it's expected to be the site of a devastating earthquake in the future. What's more, the area experiences outages due to big storms and winds--storms that are only expected to get stronger with global warming, said Adam Schultz, senior policy analyst at the Oregon … [Read more...]

A Case for Virtual Power Plants and Energy Storage in California

microgrid virtual power plant

Peter Asmus of Navigant Research explains how virtual power plants and energy storage offered a rapid solution to a grid deficiency in California. A little over a year ago, the underground Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility began leaking. While the primary concern was how methane emissions might jeopardize public safety, this event … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

accidental microgrids

Accidental microgrids here? We find ourselves increasingly on the lookout for unintentional or accidental microgrids, since the concept was introduced on Microgrid Knowledge by David Chiesa of S&C Electric. It looks like a new partnership between National Grid and Sunrun could create accidental microgrids. Accidental microgrids are not … [Read more...]

The Life and Death Value of Energy Storage in Military Microgrids

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At military microgrids in hostile territory, reducing fuel use is more than a green effort; it’s a life-saving endeavor. Afghanistan offered an eye-opener. Vulnerable to attack, one in 24 U.S. fuel supply convoys resulted in a casualty there, according to an Army study. “Lives are lost. The fewer tanker trucks they have to take out, the … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama’s Final Energy Blueprint

microgrids and distributed energy

It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial … [Read more...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Not a Fad: Navigant

Solar-plus-storage microgrids

Solar plus storage microgrids are gaining traction as their costs fall, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Diesel remains the leading generation technology, in terms of total capacity used in microgrids worldwide. Remote regions, where natural gas is unavailable, tend to rely on diesel. But that’s changing, and diesel’s lead is … [Read more...]