Concentric Power to Build 5-MW Microgrid for Potato Producer

Concentric Power is building a 5-MW microgrid for a Tasteful Selections, a Southern California company that grows and packages potatoes. The $12 million project combines 3.6 MW of cogeneration firm power with 120 KW of solar and a 1.25-MW/625-kWh lithium-ion battery setup. Concentric Power's microgrid controller will integrate with … [Read more...]

How Behind the Meter Assets Can Help — or Hinder — Utility Energy Management in Texas

More and more, utilities are deploying behind the meter (BTM) assets — particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EV) — to reduce their loads, balance their systems and provide resilience. In the wake of a February  outage, Portland General Electric said it has been testing projects that deploy customer sited storage to help boost … [Read more...]

RTDS Technologies Stresses Importance of Real-Time Testing for Microgrid Development

Lisa Cohn, managing editor at Microgrid Knowledge, interviews Kati Sidwall, simulation specialist, RTDS Technologies,  about the importance of real-time simulation equipment and closed-loop testing for microgrids.  RTDS, based in Winnipeg, Canada, has been in the energy market since the early 1990s. The company provides real-time digital … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Seeing New Types of Projects, Customers Amid Ongoing Global Pandemic

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviews Mark Feasel, president, smart grid, North America at Schneider Electric. In this video, Feasel discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the microgrid market, new types of projects that are being developed — and the new types of customers that are becoming interested in … [Read more...]

AECOM and Veolia Help Advance Wastewater Treatment Microgrid in Southern California

The city of Rialto, California, is moving ahead with plans to build a microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant with support from Veolia and AECOM. AECOM was selected to design the $8.2 million microgrid, which is expected to include a 360-kW reciprocating engine that would run on biogas, a 1.6-MW photovoltaic system and a 2.5-MWh lithium … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has issued a request for information (RFI) as a preamble to a program for municipal microgrids that it plans to launch. Funds for the program will come from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The state proposes that the municipal microgrids serve critical infrastructure and it has … [Read more...]

Camarillo, California Moves Ahead with Microgrids and Deeply Discounted Tesla Batteries

Camarillo, California, has approved a contract with the Clean Coalition to oversee the design of solar-based microgrids at five critical city facilities that will incorporate Tesla batteries. The city council March 10 also directed city staff to enter into a contract with Tesla for a 1-MW/ 4-MWh battery to be installed at the city’s … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Black & Veatch Finish Miramar Microgrid

Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch have finished installing a microgrid they designed and built at the Marine Corps’ Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The microgrid was tested during a full-scale energy resilience readiness exercise to assess its resilience and reliability as well as whether it could keep operations up and running at … [Read more...]

Serendipity — and Generous Donors — Helped the Footprint Project Bring Solar to Desperate Texans

It was fortuitous that Oscar Ruiz arrived in Texas on February 19. He had originally intended the trip for another reason, but he quickly became the point person for an on-the-ground mission to build emergency clean energy systems for desperate Texans. Millions had lost power and water as a result of an historic deep freeze. Ruiz is the … [Read more...]