Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

PG&E

By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10% . Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]

From Gold Rush to Microgrid Push in Nevada County, California

Nevada County

Nevada County in Northern California sprawls west to east from the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada mountains over the top of the snow-covered peaks to near Lake Tahoe. Dotted with former mining towns, including the county seat, Nevada City, and the sister city of Grass Valley, the region is the heart of Gold Rush country. It is also a … [Read more...]

“Home as a Service” Model Brings Affordable Microgrids to Military Veterans

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A California community plans to provide microgrids to 37 US military veterans in Perris, California, under a home as a service model that the developer hopes to replicate nationally. All American Homes is acting as builder with Instant On, a battery and fuel cell distribution company, providing batteries, solar and controls for the pilot … [Read more...]

Siemens and Partners Plan All Renewable, 300-MW Microgrid in Ireland

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Ireland based initiative, Innovation Green, has set out to develop a 100% renewable microgrid to power a trade and distribution campus in the center of the island. Located in the Midlands Region, a central area of Ireland, Innovation Green is a co-operation between Midlands Airport Developments, InSite Bavaria, the Technical University of … [Read more...]

Navy Chooses Ameresco for $58M Resilience and Microgrid Project at Maine Shipyard

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The US Navy has awarded Ameresco a task order for a $58 million energy resilience project, which includes a microgrid, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), one of four remaining naval shipyards in the US.  The project expands on a long-term partnership between Ameresco and the the Kittery, Maine facility, extending back to Ameresco’s … [Read more...]

Snohomish County PUD Moves Forward on Microgrid

Snohomish

Construction has started on the next phase of a $12 million microgrid project being developed by Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington state. The Arlington microgrid is designed to provide grid resiliency while also integrating renewable energy, according to the Everett, Washington-based public power utility.  The microgrid … [Read more...]

CHP Microgrid Can Serve Needs of 26,000 at College When Grid is Down

CHP microgrid

A combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid operated by Veolia can supply 100% of the power needed for the 26,000 people at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California, switching into island mode automatically when the grid is down. The CHP microgrid, which has been operating for six years, is an example of how colleges and other … [Read more...]

Judge Rules Against Ban on Natural Gas Fuel Cells in Santa Clara, California

fuel cells

In a ruling that could affect microgrid options in California, a judge said Santa Clara, California, violated state law when it passed a resolution banning non-renewable fuels for distributed generation, including fuel cells. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle last month agreed with Bloom Energy that the California … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce Explains its Qinous Acquisition and Microgrid Strategy

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, which in January acquired a majority share in the energy storage provider Qinous, aims to move from a product supplier to an energy storage solutions provider, with a focus on microgrids. Rolls-Royce acquired a 29.9% share in the company in October 2018, then in January boosted that to a 73.1% share. Qinous now has about 50 … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

modular microgrids

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]