Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

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By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10% . Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]

From Gold Rush to Microgrid Push in Nevada County, California

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Nevada County in Northern California sprawls west to east from the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada mountains over the top of the snow-covered peaks to near Lake Tahoe. Dotted with former mining towns, including the county seat, Nevada City, and the sister city of Grass Valley, the region is the heart of Gold Rush country. It is also a … [Read more...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Costs?

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Give Non-Utilities a Fair Crack at Microgrid Projects

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Shell Energy and Enel X are urging the California Public Utilities Commission to make sure non-utilities have a fair crack at providing microgrids in the state’s effort to ease the effects of planned power outages. The comments are in response to microgrid proposals released on January 21 by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]

Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

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California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce Explains its Qinous Acquisition and Microgrid Strategy

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Rolls-Royce, which in January acquired a majority share in the energy storage provider Qinous, aims to move from a product supplier to an energy storage solutions provider, with a focus on microgrids. Rolls-Royce acquired a 29.9% share in the company in October 2018, then in January boosted that to a 73.1% share. Qinous now has about 50 … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

Southern Cal Edison to Seek Cost, Feasibility Information for Six Microgrids

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Southern California Edison (SCE) says it plans to seek cost and feasibility information from vendors soon for six possible microgrids with the intent of making a selection in March. The projects are in Fillmore, Fontana, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. California's second largest … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Secures $300M Equity Commitment from Warburg Pincus

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Scale Microgrid Solutions, a New Jersey-based microgrid company that focuses on commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, today announced that it has secured an equity commitment of up to $300 million from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The four-year-old company says that the investment will help it accelerate growth, with … [Read more...]