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...]

Why Does a Microgrid Cost What it Cost?

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry, Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, offers insight into the elements that drive microgrid costs. The cost of a microgrid is dependent on what the system includes and the … [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

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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...]

Long Beach, Calif., Urges Regulatory Reforms to Overcome Microgrid Delays

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Pointing to delays in getting a microgrid built, the city of Long Beach, California, is urging state regulators to make changes to speed up the process. The city is focused on two issues: utility rules governing power supply to separate premises and the California Public Utilities Commission’s interconnection rules. Long Beach’s concerns … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids are at an Inflection Point

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Microgrid growth appears to have reached an inflection point, driven by demand for reliable energy, especially in California, as well as economic, environmental and societal factors. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores the growth stimuli. Microgrid installations are accelerating in a range … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

California PUC Urged to Give Non-Utilities a Fair Crack at Microgrid Projects

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Shell Energy and Enel X are urging the California Public Utilities Commission to make sure non-utilities have a fair crack at providing microgrids in the state’s effort to ease the effects of planned power outages. The comments are in response to microgrid proposals released on January 21 by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]