The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Ameresco Project Goes Live to Anchor Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

Navy Yard Microgrid

A generating plant that will serve as anchor for the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid -- one of the largest private microgrids in the U.S. -- is now in operation. Project developer Ameresco announced completion of the new 6-MW natural gas peaking plant Tuesday, in a ceremony also attended by the PIDC -- Philadelphia’s public-private economic … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology and Engineering Risks: The Importance of Engaging an Expert Partner

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Jim Bishop explores engineering risks in microgrid technology and why picking the right technical partner or partners can be key to success.  Today’s advanced microgrids are flexible, multi-functional and complex. Taken together with their relatively cutting edge underlying software intelligence, … [Read more...]

Four California Microgrid Projects Recommended for $22M in Grants

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California officials on Friday recommended $22 million in grants for four microgrid projects, in the first group of awards out of a $44.7 million offering. The first round of funding is designated for microgrid projects at California military bases, ports, and native American tribal facilities (GFO-17-302). Learn more about California microgrid … [Read more...]

HSGS Selected to Build Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Projects for the U.S. Military

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Johnson Controls Federal Systems has selected Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) to design, engineer, and construct a solar plus storage microgrid at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. Located at the Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Meck Island, the project will include a 3 MWh energy storage system and 8,000 ground mounted solar … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

No Microgrids at the Busiest Airport in the World?

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Like Puerto Rico, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found out the hard way why microgrids are a good insurance policy. The world’s busiest airport suffered an 11-hour power outage on Sunday, delaying over a thousand flights and leaving passengers stranded for hours in darkened terminals or seated in planes. Georgia Power, … [Read more...]

Microgrids Among Winners of $20M in Energy Storage Grants from Massachusetts

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Several microgrids are among the more than two dozen winning projects that will share $20 million in energy storage grants announced today by Massachusetts. Reflecting the reality of today’s market, battery technology dominated the winners list, although some projects also employ thermal and flywheel storage. Use of battery storage has increased … [Read more...]

Parris Island Military Microgrid Promises to Ensure Reliable, Secure Energy

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A new military microgrid on Parris Island promises to ensure reliable and secure energy, as described in this sixth and final post in a Microgrid Knowledge series, "The Rise of the Clean Energy Microgrid."  Marines must be superbly trained, well equipped, bravely led and tough enough to accomplish the mission regardless of obstacles. Their … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Resiliency and the Role of Microgrids

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At Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Michael Bakas, executive vice president at Ameresco, explained why microgrids can be the answer for companies that value energy resiliency.  Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, asked Bakas if microgrids will one day achieve the market share and importance of energy efficiency and renewable … [Read more...]