Houston Considers Microgrids After Winter Outages

In the wake of the devastation Texas experienced during Winter Storm Uri, the city of Houston is considering setting up microgrids for critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities. The mid-February storm brought frigid temperatures to Texas, freezing power plants and natural gas equipment while electricity use soared. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Supporters and Utilities Duke It Out Over Standby Charges in California

California utilities and microgrid advocates are at odds over whether microgrid customers should be spared paying standby charges, a fee that some argue stifles microgrid development. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is sorting through comments it received in an initiative that aims to spur the commercial development of … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

ComEd Taps Enchanted Rock for Bronzeville Microgrid

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has selected Enchanted Rock to provide 5.5 MW in dispatchable natural gas-fired generation to support the Bronzeville community microgrid under development in Chicago. “Enchanted Rock will help us ensure the Bronzeville microgrid provides continuous power in the event of a major interruption, and it will do so … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock: Working to Provide Resiliency and Beat the Price of Diesel

At Microgrid 2020 Global,  Microgrid Knowledge spoke with Allan Schurr, chief commercial officer at Enchanted Rock — which provides resiliency microgrids for large commercial and industrial customers. Enchanted Rock uses natural gas — a less carbon intensive fuel than diesel — at the core of its microgrids. Schurr described Enchanted Rock’s … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it's large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to Install Microgrid for Regional Water Authority in Texas

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based company, will set up a 2.4 MW microgrid for the North Fort Bend Water Authority to ensure water deliveries during power outages. Earlier this summer, the board for the regional water authority, approved a $1.2 million contract with Enchanted Rock under which the company will replace existing backup generators … [Read more...]

Hurricane Hanna Demonstrates Value of Microgrids for 30 MW of Texas Load

Hurricane Hanna offered a case study in the value of microgrids when it hit the Texas Coast near Corpus Christi on July 25, causing widespread power outages. The hurricane dumped up to 18 inches of water in parts of Texas and about 200,000 utility customers lost power, some for more than two days. However, as the hurricane approached the … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]