Navy Sets Two-Week Off-Grid Goals for Key Installations 

In a move that could spur more military microgrid projects, the Department of Navy has adopted a resilience policy to enable key installations to go off-grid for at least two weeks by late 2025. The US Navy and Marines Corps aims to have “assured energy whenever and wherever it’s required,” according to the Installation Energy Resilience … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands Contract to Expand Navy Microgrid under $83.1M ESPC

Noresco will expand a Navy microgrid at a submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, under an $83.1 million energy savings performance contract. The main part of the project involves expanding the on-site cogeneration capacity and microgrid system at the Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE NLON). During grid outages, the measures will support … [Read more...]

Navy Chooses Ameresco for $58M Resilience and Microgrid Project at Maine Shipyard

The US Navy has awarded Ameresco a task order for a $58 million energy resilience project, which includes a microgrid, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), one of four remaining naval shipyards in the US.  The project expands on a long-term partnership between Ameresco and the the Kittery, Maine facility, extending back to Ameresco’s … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan 

Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain … [Read more...]

Camp Roberts to Issue Resiliency Solicitation

The US Department of Defense intends to issue an energy resiliency solicitation in early January for a project at Camp Roberts in Monterey, California. The project will also include the Army Signal Activity-Camp Roberts. The military installation will seek firm-fixed price bids for contracts up to 30 years. Specifically, the contract … [Read more...]

EPRI to Test Military Microgrids with Tranportable Batteries

EPRI is getting ready to test military microgrids with transportable batteries in its work to create a more standardized microgrid design. “Microgrids installed for backup power on military and non-military sites are currently customized according to each site, which result in costly and, at times, lengthy design and installation time … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind.  As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids … [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...]

Microgrids: An Innovative Solution for Meeting DoD Energy Resiliency Requirements

Stephanie Pine, manager, federal business at S&C Electric, explores how the Department of Defense is approaching its energy resiliency goals. DoD microgrids are part of the strategy.  Energy resiliency isn’t just an overarching long-term goal for the Department of Defense (DoD); it’s a critical competency with specific DoD requirements … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]