Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Microgrid Industry from 4 Leading Companies

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What needs to be done in 2019 to spur more microgrid growth? We asked four microgrid industry leaders – Ameresco, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens. Here are their New Year's resolutions, lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Ameresco Will Agate, Ameresco's vice president - microgrid services, expects 2019 to go down as … [Read more...]

Dawn of the Utility Microgrid: The Path to a Profitable Future

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It is no secret to anyone in the utility industry that developments in technology and changing markets are transforming the traditional way of doing business and paving the way toward the dawn of the utility microgrid. There are several trends occurring in the industry that point specifically to the need for utilities to utilize generation assets … [Read more...]

No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

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Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

Microgrids Reside at the Core of Tribal Electric Utilities

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Microgrids lie at the technological core of efforts by two Native American Tribal Nations to develop local electric utilities and gain greater degrees of self-reliance and sovereignty. Not far from Oklahoma City, Fire Lake Energy -- a nascent tribal utility being formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation -- is developing a 10-MW microgrid. The … [Read more...]

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

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Hear from both Clark Wiedetz, Siemens' microgrid director, and Chase Dougherty of Siemens Financial Services, as they explore how innovations in financing are changing the face of future energy independence for enterprises, municipalities and more.  In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrid Market Gets Even More Interesting with Siemens Plan to Acquire Russelectric

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Global energy technology giant Siemens plans to acquire Massachusetts-based Russelectric, a move likely to strengthen Siemens position in state’s increasingly fertile microgrid market. Russelectric manufactures power control systems and made a splash in the microgrid arena last year with the opening of a sophisticated microgrid demonstration … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Financing Options Can Help Manage Your Risk

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz explores a variety of microgrid financing options that can help better manage risk and enhance microgrid value.  Imagine you made the decision to move forward with a microgrid and now it is time for the dreaded question of how to pay for it. One simple preferred business … [Read more...]