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ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

Capturing the Full Value of Renewable Energy for Business in ERCOT

Today’s smart businesses are seeking ways to green their electric supply and leverage the increasingly favorable prices of renewable energy. In fact, commercial and industrial customers contracted for more renewable megawatts in 2018 than ever before. Technology and data companies lead the way. But in the next few years, the industrial sector … [Read more...]

Texas Microgrid Closes on Innovative Financing for 232 MW Project in ERCOT

Texas Microgrid has closed on financing that could serve as a model for other microgrid projects in Texas’ wholesale power market. The financing supports the construction of a portfolio of natural gas-fired microgrids in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) territory that, when fully built out, will have 232 MW of … [Read more...]

ERCOT Market Summit 2015

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Market Summit 2015 will examine the changing market rules and drivers and bring policy-makers together with utility, IPP, DR and energy storage executives to explore the potential opportunities to solve resource adequacy shortfalls. They will examine not only the impacts of rule changes on project … [Read more...]

Infocast’s ERCOT Market Summit Returns to Austin this February

Infocast will hold its 3rd Annual ERCOT Market Summit on February 25-27 in Austin, Texas. Responsible for managing the flow of electric power to 24 million customers, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is in a state of flux. Texas needs massive new generation and transmission upgrades. The grid operator also faces some of the … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Enhancing data center reliability and sustainability with a microgrid solution

Aligned is a data center infrastructure technology company offering data center solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. For its new facility in Plano, Texas, Aligned required state-of-the-art electrical systems that were reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective, responding to the demands of the data center industry … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]

Resiliency Microgrids — Enabling Cost-Effective Solutions to Both Mitigate Outages from Wildfire and Extreme Weather Risks

Low cost and modular microgrids can provide long-duration resiliency services to host customer sites while helping integrate variable renewable energy supplies at the grid operations level. The duality such modular microgrids can offer has been clearly demonstrated in the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market. Can a similar … [Read more...]