Houston Considers Microgrids After Winter Outages

In the wake of the devastation Texas experienced during Winter Storm Uri, the city of Houston is considering setting up microgrids for critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities. The mid-February storm brought frigid temperatures to Texas, freezing power plants and natural gas equipment while electricity use soared. The … [Read more...]

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M

Schneider Electric is developing an energy savings program for Jersey City, New Jersey, that includes a microgrid based on an existing 1.2-MW solar array. The microgrid will provide power so that city facilities can continue operating through power outages and emergencies with a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Jersey … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

California’s First-of-a-Kind Microgrid for Wastewater Treatment

Mike Byrnes, senior vice president of Veolia North America and CEO of SourceOne, Veolia's energy consulting company, discusses an innovative California microgrid project bringing energy independence, greater resiliency and efficiency for Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.  Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as … [Read more...]

AECOM and Veolia Help Advance Wastewater Treatment Microgrid in Southern California

The city of Rialto, California, is moving ahead with plans to build a microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant with support from Veolia and AECOM. AECOM was selected to design the $8.2 million microgrid, which is expected to include a 360-kW reciprocating engine that would run on biogas, a 1.6-MW photovoltaic system and a 2.5-MWh lithium … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has issued a request for information (RFI) as a preamble to a program for municipal microgrids that it plans to launch. Funds for the program will come from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The state proposes that the municipal microgrids serve critical infrastructure and it has … [Read more...]

Camarillo, California Moves Ahead with Microgrids and Deeply Discounted Tesla Batteries

Camarillo, California, has approved a contract with the Clean Coalition to oversee the design of solar-based microgrids at five critical city facilities that will incorporate Tesla batteries. The city council March 10 also directed city staff to enter into a contract with Tesla for a 1-MW/ 4-MWh battery to be installed at the city’s … [Read more...]

Serendipity — and Generous Donors — Helped the Footprint Project Bring Solar to Desperate Texans

It was fortuitous that Oscar Ruiz arrived in Texas on February 19. He had originally intended the trip for another reason, but he quickly became the point person for an on-the-ground mission to build emergency clean energy systems for desperate Texans. Millions had lost power and water as a result of an historic deep freeze. Ruiz is the … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Transform Hospital Energy Usage

Lance Haines, chief technology officer-microgrids at Schneider Electric, explains how microgrids improve hospital energy resiliency, efficiency and flexibility.  Technology and patient care go together. Since the global pandemic, hospitals have aggressively sought digital transformation of their infrastructure as medical professionals seek … [Read more...]