Puerto Rico Authority Seeks Microgrid System

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Seeking a "cutting edge" solution that will help shape Puerto Rico’s energy future, a local redevelopment authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a microgrid system at the 3,409-acre former Naval base on the island’s eastern flank. The Local Redevelopment Authority for Roosevelt Roads (LRA) is requesting proposals to finance, … [Read more...]

Shell’s New Energies Business Buys Controlling Interest in GI Energy

During the second day of Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, event Silver Sponsor GI Energy shared some big news with the microgrid and energy industry. Rilette Springs — an affiliate of Shell New Energies US — has purchased a controlling and majority interest in GI Energy (GIE). The companies shared the existing management team at GIE will remain in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Biggest Stumbling Block to Microgrids? “We’ve Always Done it that Way”

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What is the biggest stumbling block to microgrids? It’s no longer cost or financing or technology. Instead, the problem is more human centric: Fear of change. That’s one of the insights Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self offered in an interview leading up to Microgrid 2018, underway this week in Chicago. Self, senior vice president strategy, … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids: Why is it so Important?

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In this week’s Industry Perspective, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores financing microgrids and the different options available to today's businesses.  It is not uncommon for someone to have a great idea but then hit a funding wall when trying to make the idea a reality. The television show Shark Tank is a … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid Incrementally to Avoid Breaking the Budget

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president of distributed energy systems at Ameresco, and Will Agate, president & founder of NetZero Microgrid Solutions, offer ideas on how to build a microgrid incrementally. Both Bakas and Agate are featured panelists at Microgrid 2018 this week in Chicago. Their companies have been working together on one of the … [Read more...]

Denver Seeks Energy Developers for Microgrid at Planned $1B National Western Center

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Denver continues to forge ahead with sustainable energy projects, this time with release of a solicitation seeking microgrid developers for the $1 billion National Western Center (NWC). The city and county have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for energy developers to help design, build, operate and maintain the microgrid, which … [Read more...]

Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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It won’t happen overnight, but eventually microgrids will interact with each other to achieve greater efficiencies, a concept known as microgrid clustering or grid-of-microgrids. How much and how soon remains to be seen, but clustering is beginning. Commonwealth Edison is the first utility to move forward with a microgrid cluster of … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Finance Strategy that Aims for Scale

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Microgrid finance for behind-the-meter projects has been primarily a bespoke, one-off affair involving a single asset. Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN), backed by The Carlyle Group, aims to change that. The Boston, Mass.-based company has assembled what it believes are the critical elements needed to streamline, accelerate and expand microgrids on … [Read more...]

Installing an Affordable Microgrid — Before Calamity

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This is part one of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how microgrid installation needs to be an integral part of any pre-emptive storm hardening or business resiliency planning.  2017 proved to be … [Read more...]