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...]

US Microgrid Installations Set Record in 2019: WoodMac Report

Last year brought the highest number of microgrid installations on record in the US, surpassing 500 systems, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released today. The “US microgrid Forecast H1 2020” also notes a shift in the type of projects being developed. New microgrids tend to be more modular — a trend advocated by the industry for years to … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids — A Lot More Efficient & Effortless to Run

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The entry below explores the evolution of data center microgrids and how they can increase efficiency and resiliency.  Smart is the new normal as we enter and expand in a digital era. Driven by data, autonomous systems, and more demand … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Introduce New Data Center Economics

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The third entry explores how microgrids are changing colocation and data center economics.  Data centers are increasing in number across the US and around the globe. They are the new industrial factory of the modern digital economy and … [Read more...]

Educating Data Centers about Microgrid Benefits: More than Backup Generation

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. In the second entry from the series, we highlight why microgrid benefits go well beyond backup generation. As a self-sufficient energy system, microgrids are capable of serving discrete geographic footprints. These locations and geographies … [Read more...]

The Data Center and the Environment — We Can All Get Along

This special report series on the growing role of data center microgrids in the colocation and big data industry, kicks off with an entry that explores the juxtaposition of the data center and the environment.  Today, the data center industry consumes about as much power as the entire global airline industry. And, based on research from the … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]