Look Inside the Oncor Microgrid

We first reviewed the Oncor microgrid back in April. This three minute video takes you inside the Oncor microgrid.  Host David Chiesa, of S&C Electric, describes its state-of-the-art workings and how utilities like Oncor are using microgrids to keep the lights on during natural … [Read more...]

How the Clean Power Plan Advances Microgrids

Microgrids win a new and different kind of public policy support under the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan announced by the Obama administration this week. The rule requires that states come up with plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. That means cutting 870 million tons of carbon … [Read more...]

How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Utility Integrate Renewable Resources into the Grid

A case study on how an innovative utility is leveraging microgrid technology to improve service and reliability. Oncor operates the largest regulated distribution and transmission system in Texas and the sixth largest in the United States. Today, more than 10 million customers across Texas depend on Oncor for power. The Challenge: Determined to … [Read more...]

How Do We Monetize Microgrids?

What’s it worth to society to avoid a power outage? The question nags the microgrid industry. Not knowing makes it hard to monetize microgrids. As it stands now, grid-connected microgrids provide uncompensated services, chief among them the guarantee that electricity will continue to flow when the central grid fails. The ability to avert an … [Read more...]

With Energy Storage Investment, Partner Viability Matters

S&C Electric's Troy Miller describes what utilities and commercial power users need to consider when choosing an energy storage partner. Energy storage is proving its value by making the grid more reliable and efficient. The market is growing, driven by demand from utilities, municipalities, and commercial facilities seeking increased … [Read more...]

Maryland’s Microgrid Policy: Building a Market, Not Giving Away Money

“We want you in our state,” Kyle Haas, a Maryland energy policy manager told a room full of microgrid developers last week in Washington, D.C. “I want to bring your company to Maryland.” But don’t expect any grant money – or much anyway – to sweeten the pot. While California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, are offering tens of … [Read more...]

Why the Heck Are There No Microgrids in Washington, D.C.?

When military officials and energy companies gathered last week in Arlington, Virginia to promote microgrids, the fates conspired to make their work very easy. Just the day before, a power outage knocked out electricity to the White House, the Smithsonian, the Department of Energy, the Justice Department, the University of Maryland, parts of the … [Read more...]

Rumor is True. Oncor Unveils First-of-a-Kind Microgrid

Rumors have circulated for months that S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Oncor had in the works a microgrid more sophisticated than any so far built in North America. Today the companies lifted the veil off the completed project near Lancaster, Texas. The new microgrid isn’t particularly large (1.25 MW), but oh what’s inside. Not one … [Read more...]

Microgrid Energy Storage Case Study

Microgrid energy storage systems are already serving as a vital component of smart microgrid projects. Here is a case study on how one community microgrid system is making a difference on a daily basis. In Presidio, Texas—one of the oldest cities in the state—frequent electrical storms have a major impact on power reliability. Residents rely on … [Read more...]