Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters

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Veolia's Mike Byrnes discusses the importance of turning hindsight into foresight by planning and implementing energy resiliency ahead of the next natural disaster. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently, more severely, and impacting inland as well as coastal communities. Hurricane Florence is just the latest example.  A well … [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...]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill that Opens New Prospects for Microgrids

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Energy insiders see the emergence of new microgrid opportunities in Massachusetts from clean energy legislation passed last week and now awaiting the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker. An Act to Advance Clean Energy (H.4857) won unanimous Senate support and near-unanimous House support, with only one nay vote. The legislation opens up … [Read more...]

Supplying Reliable Microgrids for Puerto Rico’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Industry

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Patrick Meyers, Veolia’s director of  business development – Puerto Rico, outlines the opportunities for microgrids to support industrial and commercial facilities, and Veolia’s commitment to playing a major role in this space. Puerto Rico’s diverse range of industrial and commercial facilities suffered hugely after last year’s Hurricanes … [Read more...]

New York Paves the Way to Understanding Microgrid Utility Requirements

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What lessons can we take from New York when it comes to navigating local microgrid utility requirements? According to a new Veolia white paper: The answer is quite a few. In the new report, Veolia, which focuses on optimized energy resource management, highlights how microgrids present a reliable, resilient, and cost-effective alternative … [Read more...]

Microgrids are not Snowflakes & Other Quotable Quotes Overheard at Microgrid 2018

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Microgrid 2018 offered a richness of discussion, insight and humor. Here’s some of what we overheard during the three-day event in Chicago, May 7-9. David Chiesa, S&C Electric‘s senior director for global business development, explains why it’s time to retire a phrase he coined: “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one … [Read more...]

Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

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As energy insiders gathered in Chicago last week at Microgrid 2018, three events unfolded that signal how microgrid growth may take shape in the coming months and years. The first is the accession of microgrid champion Anne Pramaggiore to CEO of Exelon Utilities, one of the largest utilities in the US. The second was an entrance of an oil … [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...]

Engie and Axium Acquire Microgrid and District Energy System in Boston

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Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have completed the acquisition of a microgrid and district energy system serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in Massachusetts. Operating jointly as Longwood Energy Partners, the companies purchased the energy system from Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture of Morgan Stanley … [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...]