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...]

Healthcare & Critical Service Microgrids in an Era of COVID-19: The Latest

A hospital in Victoria, Texas, later this month will announce commissioning of a new microgrid, likely to be one of the first healthcare microgrid to come on line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of course, the timing is fortuitous — Citizens Medical Center announced plans to install the 2.8 MW microgrid long before the pandemic, about a year ago, … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

H-E-B as a ‘Community Hero’ during Hurricane Harvey

The following excerpt from a new Microgrid Knowledge special report explores how one Texas-based grocery-store chain used microgrids to form a reliable backup power system that would keep it up and running through hurricanes and other natural disasters. Explore the H-E-B microgrids.  The Texas-based H-E-B grocery store chain served by … [Read more...]

Microgrids Keep Four Dallas Stores Open through this Week’s Tornadoes

High winds and tornadoes tore across the Dallas area Sunday night, leaving about 140,000 customers without electricity, but four stores with microgrids rode out the storm without interruptions to their power supply. Those stores —H-E-B and Buc-ee’s — have backup natural gas microgrids from Enchanted Rock, a Houston based company. ERock, as … [Read more...]

From the Military to Retail Businesses: How Use of Microgrids is Growing

What sectors are turning to microgrids and why? The following excerpt from a new Microgrid Knowledge special report looks at the range of end users with a special focus on business microgrids. Declining costs and new financing models put microgrids within reach for a variety of businesses and institutions. But early on, the military and … [Read more...]

Benefits and Barriers to Deploying Microgrids for Retail Businesses

Why don't more retailers install microgrids? Here are the barriers — and the solutions — in an excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge that explores how retail businesses use microgrids to reduce costs and enhance resiliency and reliability. Always-on power is important in the retail sector for a range of reasons. Without … [Read more...]