Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

The US Air Force Foresees a Mobile Microgrid that Can be Built in an Hour

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Donna Lindner, of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, describes work under way to create a mobile microgrid that can be set up fast at forward operating bases. Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions. Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient … [Read more...]

Fort Custer Plans a Demonstration Microgrid to Reduce Energy Surety Costs

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The U.S. Department of Defense plans to develop a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan aimed at reducing costs for energy surety where military facilities are in close proximity to each other. Advanced technology developer Electricore will lead the project with support from power company Eaton and local … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

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CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids May Fit into the Trump Agenda

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Navigant's Peter Asmus explains why military microgrids may align with the Trump agenda. President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional energy fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Public Service Sees Microgrid Investments as Risk Worthy

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Utilities are notoriously risk adverse. So why did Arizona Public Service (APS) take a chance on microgrid investments, not once but twice? By take a chance, we mean the utility chose to install two microgrids without getting pre-approval for cost recovery from state regulators. So if the Arizona Public Service Commission now disapproves the … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

Ameresco to Build 10-MW Military Microgrid in South Carolina

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Ameresco plans to begin construction in the spring on a 10-MW military microgrid at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, South Carolina. The Massachusetts company will integrate new on-site generation and battery energy storage into the microgrid under a task order with the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary … [Read more...]