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...]

Putting a Dollar Value on Energy Resiliency for the US Military

Tripp Hathaway, sales and marketing manager for Hannah Solar Government Services, explores a formula for the military to value energy resiliency from a dollars and cents perspective. Recently, I attended three back-to-back events with a focus on energy resiliency, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. military has been … [Read more...]

Ameresco’s Parris Island Military Microgrid Goes Live

Another military microgrid is now live, this one a 10-MW Ameresco project at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which features energy efficiency and renewables, is designed to withstand storms and earthquakes. The US military was an early leader in microgrid development and … [Read more...]

Go Electric Acquired by Subsidiary of Total

A subsidiary of global energy company Total has acquired Go Electric, marking the latest assimilation of a small US based microgrid company by a large energy player in the fast growing space. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Saft, a multinational battery energy storage company owned by Total. Saft will acquire all … [Read more...]

Leveraging Federal Microgrids to Provide Community-Scale Resiliency Benefits

Nicole Bulgarino of Ameresco explores the benefits of federal microgrids, and how they have the potential to enhance resiliency for the broader communities surrounding federal facilities. The federal government has been at the forefront of distributed energy for the last decade, supported by executive orders and Department of Defense (DoD) … [Read more...]

US Navy Seek Ideas for Water and Energy Resilience on Islands off California

The US Navy is seeking ideas to improve water and energy resilience for bases on two islands off the coast of California: San Clemente and San Nicolas. The islands already use various distributed energy resources, including solar, wind and diesel generators. The request is not a solicitation for contracts, but seeks information to help the … [Read more...]

Contract Awarded to Build First of Six Demonstration Microgrids at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Following the award of an $8.3 million grant, Burns & McDonnell plans to begin the first in a series of six military microgrids to support a multi-year initiative being carried out by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The funds came from the Hawai'i Technology Development Corporation. “Energy resiliency is critical to making … [Read more...]

The US Military Is Mission Ready: Why it Will Succeed Building Microgrids

This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at what it takes to develop military microgrids that keep power flowing to bases for at least 14 days during a catastrophe. When the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar near San Diego moved to use landfill … [Read more...]