Siemens Moves into Top Spot for Microgrid Vendors: Navigant

A new quarterly report from Navigant Research places Siemens in the top spot for capacity among microgrid vendors, followed by ABB. North America regained its lead for global microgrid capacity over the Asia Pacific. Navigant's Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q16 measures data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, … [Read more...]

From Naval Ships to Space Ships to Reliability Microgrids: The ERock Story

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Sea, sky – and some sophisticated energy trading expertise – lies behind the reliability microgrids conceived by Enchanted Rock (ERock). The Texas-based company made a splash last week with news that it has secured financing to install 50 MW of reliability microgrids for grocery stores and other commercial and industrial customers in … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

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A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina's Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with 'Open Field … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid to ‘Green’ North America’s Largest Port

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The Port of Los Angeles, North America's largest port, plans to install a $26. 6 million solar microgrid this year, as it moves toward becoming the first marine terminal to operate solely on renewable energy. The port is building the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. It will … [Read more...]

Microgrid-Ready CHP for U.S. Military Facility in Germany and Other Quick Microgrid News

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Microgrid-ready CHP Plant to save energy, taxpayer dollars and improve energy security Siemens and the Defense Logistics Agency - Energy (DLA-E) signed a $24.6 million ESPC contract to install, operate and maintain a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) headquarters in … [Read more...]

Can California Shape Microgrid Development? Because it’s Coming Anyway

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Promote them or not, microgrids are coming to California. So how can policymakers shape microgrid development to get the most out of it for consumers and the grid? That's how Gabe Petlin, supervisor of grid planning and reliability at the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), framed California’s upcoming quest to create a microgrid road … [Read more...]

Texas Microgrid to Build 50 MW with Infusion of Equity Financing

Texas Microgrid, a company operated by Enchanted Rock (ERock), today announced an equity investment from Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners (BBIP) to build microgrids in Texas. The financing will help fund the construction of 50 MW of microgrids already under contract with commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. Founded in 2006, … [Read more...]

Duke Energy & Duke University Team on Microgrid-Ready CHP Project

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Duke Energy has struck a deal to build a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) project for Duke University. Pending state regulatory approval, the utility giant will own, build and operate the 21-MW plant under a 35-year agreement with the university. The $55 million project, which will be fueled by natural gas, will be located on the … [Read more...]

The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

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Adam Wilson, of Navigant Research, describes why energy storage in microgrids is likely to become the norm. Hint: Solar microgrids are on the rise. Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

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Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]