Jamestown, New York Leverages Existing Energy Assets for Community Microgrid

community microgrids

Jamestown, New York, offers a good example of a community microgrid design that begins by incorporating existing energy facilities, a strategy that can decrease project complexity and cost. Rather than building all new infrastructure, the city has proposed a microgrid that will use an existing natural gas-fired power plant and district energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Utility Integrate Renewable Resources into the Grid

A case study on how an innovative utility is leveraging microgrid technology to improve service and reliability. Oncor operates the largest regulated distribution and transmission system in Texas and the sixth largest in the United States. Today, more than 10 million customers across Texas depend on Oncor for power. The Challenge: Determined to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Energy Storage Case Study

Microgrid energy storage systems are already serving as a vital component of smart microgrid projects. Here is a case study on how one community microgrid system is making a difference on a daily basis. In Presidio, Texas—one of the oldest cities in the state—frequent electrical storms have a major impact on power reliability. Residents rely on … [Read more...]

Microgrid Keeps Power Flowing at Remote Ski Resort

Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center is located on more than 330 acres in scenic Berks County, Pennsylvania. Its out-of-the-way beauty provides an idyllic destination for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. The remote setting that makes the resort so attractive also poses tremendous challenges for Bear Creek’s … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Study: Illinois Institute of Technology

In this microgrid case study we look at how the Illinois Institute of Technology increased power reliability and saved millions in electrical system upgrades by installing a smart microgrid. Background The Main Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago was experiencing one to three major outages per year, each costing an … [Read more...]

University of Massachusetts Medical Center

The University of Massachusetts Medical Center's combined heat and power system serves a 60-acre campus with a district energy loop. The campus expanded its system in 2010 and not only increased its capacty, but also its efficiency. In doing so, the center lowered its unit costs and improved its environmental profile. Here the university … [Read more...]

Montefiore Medical Center

New York's Montefiore Medical Center was one of the heroes of SuperStorm Sandy, thanks to its Solar Turbines' combined heat and power system. The power stayed on at Montefiore as the lights went out around it. Montefiore was able to serve not only its own patients, but also took-in newborns from another facility where back-up generators … [Read more...]

Cornell University

DOE electric grid report

To improve efficiency and reduce emissions, Cornell University replaced coal-fired boilers in 2009 with two 15 MWe Titan 130 gas turbine generator sets for its combined heat and power plant. Previously, the campus in Ithaca, New York, purchased 80 percent of its electricity from the local utility. The duel-fueled turbines now fulfill 80 percent … [Read more...]

V2G Has a Role in Your Microgrid Strategy

Vehicle to Grid, or V2G,  technology can play a key role in a microgrid's ability to provide grid reliability.  Each electric car can send up to 10 kW of power back to the grid. Organizations with large fleets of electric cars can provide a balancing reserve to a utility – reducing the need for energy generation construction. A V2G charging station … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid: Fort Bliss Case Study

Fort Bliss located in El Paso, Texas is a military microgrid featuring an Energy Storage System from Princeton Power Systems. Overview: Princeton Power Systems provided its Energy Storage System (ESS) as a back-up source and energy resource for a new microgrid system at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss in Texas. Princeton Power Systems is the … [Read more...]