What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid Incrementally to Avoid Breaking the Budget

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president of distributed energy systems at Ameresco, and Will Agate, president & founder of NetZero Microgrid Solutions, offer ideas on how to build a microgrid incrementally. Both Bakas and Agate are featured panelists at Microgrid 2018 this week in Chicago. Their companies have been working together on one of the … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Ameresco Project Goes Live to Anchor Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

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A generating plant that will serve as anchor for the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid -- one of the largest private microgrids in the U.S. -- is now in operation. Project developer Ameresco announced completion of the new 6-MW natural gas peaking plant Tuesday, in a ceremony also attended by the PIDC -- Philadelphia’s public-private economic … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology and Engineering Risks: The Importance of Engaging an Expert Partner

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Jim Bishop explores engineering risks in microgrid technology and why picking the right technical partner or partners can be key to success.  Today’s advanced microgrids are flexible, multi-functional and complex. Taken together with their relatively cutting edge underlying software intelligence, … [Read more...]

Four California Microgrid Projects Recommended for $22M in Grants

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California officials on Friday recommended $22 million in grants for four microgrid projects, in the first group of awards out of a $44.7 million offering. The first round of funding is designated for microgrid projects at California military bases, ports, and native American tribal facilities (GFO-17-302). Learn more about California microgrid … [Read more...]

HSGS Selected to Build Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Projects for the U.S. Military

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Johnson Controls Federal Systems has selected Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) to design, engineer, and construct a solar plus storage microgrid at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. Located at the Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Meck Island, the project will include a 3 MWh energy storage system and 8,000 ground mounted solar … [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...]