Quick News: Texas Microgrid Scores 45-Store Deal…Advanced Microgrid Solutions Wins $200M in Investment Capital

Grocery Store Chain Installs Microgrids to Help Customers During Outages Texas Microgrid has scored a deal to install its natural gas microgrids in 45 stores run by Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico. Announced July 12, the microgrids will help keep electricity flowing … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation. The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation. To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The … [Read more...]

Inside an Optimized Microgrid: What is the Source of its Value?

Here we lift the lid on an optimized microgrid to see the source of its real value: the advanced microgrid controller. Surprisingly, the controller makes up a relatively small amount of a microgrid's costs, as we discuss in this excerpt from our new report, "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Miramar, One of Largest Military Microgrid Projects, Readies to Show How It’s Done

Miramar, one of the most-watched U.S. miltary microgrid projects, is getting ready to demonstrate that today's microgrids are about a whole lot more than just back-up power. That was the word from Mick Wasco, installation energy manager at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, in an interview this week, following announcement … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solicitations and Opportunities in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania

Massachusetts island-town issues microgrid solicitation The Massachusetts town of Gosnold, which encompasses the Elizabeth Islands near Cape Cod, has issued a microgrid solicitation that seeks a microgrid controller, battery bank, and power electronics. The request for proposals calls for supply, delivery, installation, commissioning of the … [Read more...]

What the Changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentives Mean to Energy Storage

Energy storage gets a big nod under recent changes to California's self-generation incentives, which also place new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the revisions to the self-generation incentive program (SGIP) on June 23. Under the changes, 75 percent of the funding goes to … [Read more...]

Calculating Microgrid Return on Investment (ROI): What’s Electric Reliability Worth?

Power outages carry a cost. But exactly how much? Not knowing makes it difficult to calculate microgrid return on investment (ROI), as we explain in “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Below is an excerpt. Return on investment, or ROI, is a common financial metric used … [Read more...]

Siemens to Invest $1.1B in Decentralized Electricity Startups and Other Disruptive Tech

Siemens plans to launch a new unit October 1 that will invest more than $1.1 billion over five years in decentralized electricity startups and other fledgling disruptive technology companies. Called next47, the unit will focus on microgrids, electrified flight, blockchain applications for energy trading, networked mobility, artificial … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Publishes Guide on Microgrid Financing

Microgrid financing is uncharted territory for many investors because microgrids are relatively new, complex and different from other forms of alternative energy. Financing models are likely to become clear once investors understand how to calculate a return on investment (ROI) for microgrids. Establishing microgrid ROI requires a full … [Read more...]