Using Microgrids & Distributed Energy to Mitigate Wildfires

It seems over the past few years, during peak season when rain is short, all the west coast — and across the country for that matter — hears about is wildfires. They continue to worsen, and over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. That's according to a new report from … [Read more...]

Siemens Explores a Holistic Approach to Wildfire Mitigation

Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz highlights a different way to approach wildfires. Explore why many businesses are taking a look at alternative solutions to a growing number of natural disasters, like microgrids for wildfires.  Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. … [Read more...]

Citizens Medical Center Partners with Enchanted Rock to Ramp up Emergency Power Strategy

Citizens Medical Center announced today during Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, that through a partnership with Enchanted Rock, it has taken steps to ensure power outages no longer impact “the safety, medical care and comfort of its patients.” Citizens entered into an agreement with the Houston, Texas-based energy company to build natural gas … [Read more...]

Sea Shield Signs Contract with DR Microgrid for Advanced Microgrid Project in California

California’s Sea Shield Marine, creator of anodes for divers and sea craft, expects to see its energy bills drop dramatically in the near future. That’s due to an advanced microgrid it is building in partnership with DR Microgrid. Sea Shield signed a contract in April with DR Microgrid for a project that will include advanced solar, combined … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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...]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

It's no news that cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more and more of a concern for companies and businesses in a variety of different sectors. Often, we mostly think of cyber attacks targeting government and commercial computer networks. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and as distributed energy systems become more popular, … [Read more...]

HIMC 2018 Approaching this October in San Diego

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference and Exhibition (HIMC), scheduled for this fall, October 8-10, at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. The focus of HIMC 2018, designed for all distributed energy professionals?  To advance the growing market of microgrid systems.  The 6th annual HOMER International … [Read more...]

How are Solar Plus Storage Helping Ease Drought Problems?

How are solar plus energy storage helping alleviate problems created by the drought in California? Neil Fromer, executive director, Resnick Institute of Sustainability at Caltech, explains the link between water availability and energy generation. … [Read more...]

Chasing Energy Storage: Can Policy Keep up with Markets?

With energy storage advancing quickly in the electric power industry, policy finds itself chasing markets. The rules of the road have yet to be sorted out, yet energy storage already is racing ahead. Energy storage companies are announcing deals, partnerships, financing,  innovations and new customers almost daily. “Since 2013, the market had … [Read more...]

Testing The Powers of Microgrids in College Project

A project at Las Positas College in Livermore, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, will test the powers of energy storage and microgrids to integrate renewable energy sources, curb peak power and take a mission-critical circuit off-grid. Herve Mazzocco, vice president of solutions for Imergy Power Systems, … [Read more...]