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...]

The Importance of Operator Engagement in a Microgrid Project

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 Jesse Douglas, director of business development at Veolia North America, focuses on the crucial importance of operator engagement in a microgrid project.  Microgrids have been receiving a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. The need to increase efficiency, and environmental performance is encouraging companies, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Serves Biotech World Headquarters and Research Campus

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Veolia North America managed the operations and maintenance of a 5.3 MW combined heat and power (CHP) solution to meet the needs of a global biotechnology company’s world headquarters and research campus. The plant received backup support from Veolia’s district steam system, and its construction was managed by Veolia’s energy consulting group, … [Read more...]

Addressing Mission Critical Energy Needs through MATEP Microgrid

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The Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) supplies the critical energy needs of five hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School, as well as the Harvard Institutes of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Owned by Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture between Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Veolia, the MATEP microgrid … [Read more...]

A Look at the 13 New Jersey Microgrid Projects that Won State Funding

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Thirteen New Jersey microgrid projects won state funding for feasibility studies in late June. Here are details of their plans, supplied by the Board of Public Utilities, including the incentive amounts, time expected to complete the feasibility studies and description of the microgrid projects. See related story about these microgrid projects: … [Read more...]

Will Massachusetts Emerge as the Hub of the Microgrid Industry?

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Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form. California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts. Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE and Schneider Electric, two energy … [Read more...]

From Electricity to Stout with a Gas Turbine Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from our recent guide, "Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence." Environmental futurist Amory Lovins famously said that people don’t want kilowatts of electricity; they want the byproducts: a cold beer and a hot shower. St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, offers an … [Read more...]

Microgrids in the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Blueprint Pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats

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U.S. Senate Democrats included microgrids in the $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint that they proposed yesterday to create 15 million jobs over the next decade. “I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, which…will help save consumers money, grow our economy and create jobs. We are talking about things like transmission lines, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Advocates Explain Technology’s Advantages to Congressional Leaders

"It isn't just about price anymore," Rob Thornton, president and CEO of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), told Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. today. Mayors, governors, employers and others also want energy supply that is resilient, local and clean, Thornton said at the briefing on microgrids, combined heat and … [Read more...]