US Power Outages Double…Ameresco Acquires Solar Firm…Green Slowdown in Puerto Rico?

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US power outages double in EIA report The US grid is generally reliable, but severe storms are taking their toll and increasing power outages, according to the Energy Information Administration. EIA reported last week that power outages nearly doubled in 2017, which the federal agency attributed to hurricanes and winter … [Read more...]

Ameresco Wins Contract for 20-MW Military Microgrid in Texas

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Ameresco has scored a large win — a $133.5 million package — to install a 20-MW microgrid and energy resiliency and efficiency improvements at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas. The award came from Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which manages the global supply chain for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Rolls-Royce of Microgrids. Literally.

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Yet another global name is expanding its microgrid play -- Rolls-Royce -- with yesterday's announcement that it has taken a stake in an energy storage and controls startup and will now offer turnkey microgrids. The transportation and power technology company will add batteries, controls and renewables to its microgrid line following its investment … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid Incrementally to Avoid Breaking the Budget

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president of distributed energy systems at Ameresco, and Will Agate, president & founder of NetZero Microgrid Solutions, offer ideas on how to build a microgrid incrementally. Both Bakas and Agate are featured panelists at Microgrid 2018 this week in Chicago. Their companies have been working together on one of the … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Coming to Microgrid 2018, May 7-9, Chicago!

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Very soon...on May 7...executives from around the world will be in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, which promises to be the game changer microgrid conference of the year. Not only does Microgrid 2018 feature tours of working microgrids in the Chicago area, extensive networking events, and a stellar lineup of speakers, but look who’s coming. Here is … [Read more...]

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...]