More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

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Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

Peoples Natural Gas Wins Deal to Develop Pittsburgh Airport Microgrid

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Peoples Natural Gas has won a 20-year contract to build, maintain and operate a 22.5 MW microgrid for Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania. The microgrid, which is expected to be online by June 2021, will be powered by five natural gas-fired generators with a total capacity of about 20 MW and about 7,800 solar panels with a total … [Read more...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

San Jose Looks to Exit PG&E to Develop Microgrids Following California’s Power Shutoff

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The mayor of San Jose, California wants more microgrids in his city following Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent power shutoff — and he’s willing to break ties with the utility to do it. Mayor Sam Liccardo late last week petitioned the city council to create a municipal utility “for the purposes of strategic development of … [Read more...]

Earthquake Worries Prompt Oregon Cities to Install Microgrids for Resiliency

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Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. Scientists have predicted that an … [Read more...]

Zimbabweans Turn to Minigrids in Droves Amid Chronic Blackouts

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It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's the case in Zimbabwe where businesses and well-off residents are reportedly turning to off-grid minigrids and on-site solar, small wind and hydro-plus-storage systems in droves amid grid outages that can last 18 hours a day. The average cost per connection for minigrids in … [Read more...]

Siemens Explores a Holistic Approach to Wildfire Mitigation

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz highlights a different way to approach wildfires. Explore why many businesses are taking a look at alternative solutions to a growing number of natural disasters, like microgrids for wildfires.  Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. … [Read more...]

Report Shows Mission-Critical Enterprises Increasingly Turn to Microgrids to Enhance Energy Reliability

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More and more, mission-critical enterprises are using microgrids with on-site power systems to ramp up energy reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Why? As technology advances, power outages are simply unacceptable at military bases, health-care facilities, data centers, distribution centers and more. A new report from PowerSecure, … [Read more...]

Walk Through the Last of the Microgrid Development Phases: Implementation

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This guest post is adapted  from a new white paper from the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines the three microgrid development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 3: Implementation.  Implementing a microgrid requires significant time, effort and investment. There are many cost variables that must … [Read more...]