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...]

Siemens Offers Plan for Competitively Priced Mini-grids in Puerto Rico

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Configuring Puerto Rico's electric system into 10 mini-grids could bring the island much-needed resiliency at a competitive price, according to a white paper issued by Siemens this week. “Resilient by Design: Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency for Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid” describes a plan that segments the island’s grid while boosting … [Read more...]

Mini-grids: Renewable, Resilient and Reliable electric systems

Siemens commissioned this report on mini-grids to inform the next IRP that will guide the grid rebuilding and development for Puerto Rico, leveraging 170 years of experience across a broad spectrum of energy generation, distribution and energy storage solution breakthroughs. By analyzing often-competing objectives such as cost, reliability and … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission Okays $10M for College and Airport Microgrids

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The California Energy Commission yesterday approved about $10 million in grants, one for a college microgrid in Sonoma County and the second for an airport microgrid in Humboldt County. The commission vote is the final stage in a competitive process underway to distribute about $50 million in microgrid funds to various projects throughout the … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]