California’s Culver City Mulls 3 Microgrid Options, May Issue RFP

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Roughly a year after commissioning a feasibility study, Culver City, Calif., is considering issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to move forward with a municipal microgrid. Culver city commissioned Willdan Group to conduct the feasibility study, which was completed in March 2019, with the dual objectives of saving money and … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

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California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

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While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Ameresco Explores the Benefits of Green Campus Microgrids

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president, Ameresco, describes the benefits of green campus microgrids. Such projects help campuses reach sustainability markers, as well as economic goals when they are financed through energy performance contracts. In addition, campus microgrids can serve as learning labs that give graduating students a leg up in the … [Read more...]

Ameresco’s Parris Island Military Microgrid Goes Live

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Another military microgrid is now live, this one a 10-MW Ameresco project at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which features energy efficiency and renewables, is designed to withstand storms and earthquakes. The US military was an early leader in microgrid development and … [Read more...]

Leveraging Federal Microgrids to Provide Community-Scale Resiliency Benefits

Nicole Bulgarino of Ameresco explores the benefits of federal microgrids, and how they have the potential to enhance resiliency for the broader communities surrounding federal facilities. The federal government has been at the forefront of distributed energy for the last decade, supported by executive orders and Department of Defense (DoD) … [Read more...]

Technology for Innovative Microgrid Solutions Continues to Progress

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Ameresco's Jacqueline DeRosa explores the progression of microgrid solutions and innovative technology that has evolved rapidly in the years since Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast.  It has been seven years since Hurricane Sandy caused devastation and an estimated $70 Billion dollars of damage along the Atlantic coast. My mother, living … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]

Renewable Natural Gas as an Option for Microgrids

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The city of Phoenix, Ariz. is taking raw biogas produced at its wastewater treatment plant and cleaning it before it is compressed and injected in natural gas pipelines. The ultimate commodity is known as renewable natural gas, produced from any organic material found in landfills, sewage treatment or bio-digesters — and an excellent substitute for … [Read more...]