An English muffin with a side of sustainability: National bakery goes microgrid

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investments are reaching record levels and driving up demand for clean energy as businesses strive to achieve sustainability goals. Where microgrids will fit into this trend remains an open question. But a major US bakery company is offering a model. Bimbo Bakeries USA, the maker of such … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide sustainable resilience for cold storage providers

Ken Hurd, senior vice president of grocery at PowerSecure shares insights on the role microgrids play in ensuring energy resilience and sustainability for cold storage providers. The US food supply chain is complex. From indoor farming to food producers to the processors, cold storage facilities, distribution centers and, ultimately, retail … [Read more...]

Webinar: Microgrids for the Food Industry

Energy reliability and the rising costs of electricity are among the energy challenges facing food growers and producers today. These challenges are driving the need for simple and practical solutions that provide the agriculture industry with on-site, clean power generation. An energy-as-a-service microgrid offers a simple solution for the … [Read more...]

Microgrids for agriculture and food processors: simple solutions to energy problems

A new white paper from GreenStruxure explores how agricultural microgrids can provide simple solutions to energy problems for food processors, the agriculture industry and the wider food supply chain. Farmers, food processors and operators in the agriculture space are increasingly challenged by energy problems like higher energy costs, … [Read more...]

As electrification grows, car dealerships become prime candidates for microgrids

US car dealerships are finding they need to upgrade their electrical infrastructure — and fast — given that more than half of their sales are expected to come from electric vehicles (EVs) before the decade is out.  Sean Gouda, executive vice president of Future Energy, outlined what car dealerships face as their electric demand grows from … [Read more...]

Port of Long Beach, Schneider Electric start construction on $12.2 million microgrid project

The Port of Long Beach and Schneider Electric have started construction on a $12.2 million microgrid project that will provide reliable, zero-emissions electricity for the port's Joint Command and Control Center. Funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, the microgrid is expected to be online in November. In 2018, … [Read more...]

Hotel microgrids cut energy costs, meet demand from guests for sustainability

Travelers are looking for accommodations that meet sustainability goals, and a hotel microgrid can help meet that demand with financial help from federal incentives and participation in energy markets. Travelers have good reason to search for sustainable hotels. Because hotels operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and include refrigeration, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Talk: What’s the single statistic microgrid customers need to understand?

In this 10-minute Microgrid Talk interview, our experts answer the question: "What energy statistic do you wish microgrid customers better understood?" This is the first of three interviews in our "Microgrid Truths, Lucky Truths and Statistics" series. (Yes, we are flipping around Mark Twains' words: "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." — Elisa … [Read more...]

Why aren’t there more small wind turbines on buildings?

Solar panels and batteries are common elements of a microgrid. Wind turbines, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. Large wind turbines can be found in microgrids built on islands or in remote blustery locales. But smaller rooftop wind turbines, befitting a city skyline, are rare. Solar panels are the more common sight. Cities can be … [Read more...]

Microgrid becomes steppingstone for Puerto Rico town aiming for 100% renewables

The tiny town of Maricao, Puerto Rico, is in the midst of a campaign to become 100% renewable, and it recently took a step in that direction by winning a competition for a microgrid offered through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). One of the smallest towns in Puerto Rico (p. 5,430) and accustomed to daily power outages, the … [Read more...]