Among the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Many Lessons for Businesses is a Greater Need for Energy Resilience

Matt Cinadr, Veolia principal engineer, project development, walks readers through a series of business lessons from the coronavirus that highlight the importance of energy resiliency in today's climate.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide businesses profound insight about how quickly their fortunes can change, and how they can be … [Read more...]

No Resiliency Strategy? You’re Taking a Big Risk, Report Warns Utilities

Utilities without resilience strategies are taking a risk that jeopardizes their companies and customers, says a new report from Accenture. The report, “From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather,” finds that most electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement on $23.4M Microgrid Project in Colorado

Xcel Energy has reached a settlement agreement with consumer, regulatory,  environmental and labor interests which, if approved by state regulators, allows the utility to move ahead with a $23.4 microgrid project. Now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E), the settlement paves the way for seven microgrids … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid Shows Future of Humanitarian Aid, Powers COVID Clinic for Asylum Seekers at Mexican Border

The solar microgrid now powering a COVID-19 clinic for a camp of about 3,000 asylum seekers in Mexico began with an Instagram post. In April, Will Heegaard, director at Footprint Project, which focuses on providing clean energy in disaster areas, was keeping on eye on Instagram posts in high-risk areas. He saw a post by Global Response … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Providing a World of Research on the Grid and Microgrids: IEEE

With their controls and ability to provide resilience, smart microgrids can solve numerous energy-related challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis, says the co-author of a new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) report about how the pandemic has affected the industry and grid. Farnoosh Rahmatian, immediate past chair of … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Healthcare Facilities Can Save Lives

Microgrids for healthcare facilities are popping up quickly to help institutions provide life-saving services during the COVID-19 crisis. For example, Bloom Energy recently-and quickly — installed microgrids at two field hospitals in California. The microgrids that employ Bloom’s fuel cell technology were installed in less than a week at the … [Read more...]

Bloom’s Quick Build Microgrids Installed at COVID-19 Field Hospitals in California

Bloom Energy recently installed rapid deployment microgrids at two field hospitals in California in response to COVID-19. The microgrids, which use Bloom's fuel cell technology, were installed in less than a week at the site of a national hospital system in Vallejo and at a Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Both sites have pop-up style field … [Read more...]

Healthcare & Critical Service Microgrids in an Era of COVID-19: The Latest

A hospital in Victoria, Texas, later this month will announce commissioning of a new microgrid, likely to be one of the first healthcare microgrid to come on line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of course, the timing is fortuitous — Citizens Medical Center announced plans to install the 2.8 MW microgrid long before the pandemic, about a year ago, … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrid Project Highlighted in New Schneider Electric Report

Upfront cost can be a barrier to microgrids. But what if you could have a microgrid project and electrical upgrades for no money down? A new report from Schneider Electric explores this accomplishment at government facilities in Montgomery County, Md.,  energy-as-a-a-service arrangement and innovative power purchase agreement. Montgomery … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]