Microgrids

CHP  -  February 8, 2021

U.S. Navy adds cleantech energy project at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

The U.S. Navy announced on Feb. 5 that it is installing a cleantech project to expand on-site generation, strengthen reliability and enhance resiliency at its Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia.
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Energy Efficiency  -  January 18, 2021

U.S. Air Force begins construction on ESPC

The United States Air Force announced on Jan. 14 that it began construction on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) including a combined heat and power plant with microgrid controls to improve energy resilience and enhance mission readiness at its Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, Japan.
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Energy Efficiency  -  December 14, 2020

Innovation Summit goes virtual; Leading keynotes announced

Smart Energy Decisions will lead off its 2021 slate of events with the Virtual Innovation Summit, set for March 8-12, 2021. The fifth edition of the industry’s premier event will once again bring together energy, sustainability and facility man
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  December 9, 2020

2020 State of Distributed Energy Resources

The 2020 Distributed Energy Resources Study, conducted by Smart Energy Decisions and sponsored by NRG, explores the usage, consideration, drivers, and barriers for DERs among large electric power users. Among the findings: these customers want independence and control to choose their sources of energy - but first, they need to overcome the barriers of costs and economics of implementation.
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Microgrids  -  December 8, 2020

Port of San Diego plans 700 kW microgrid project

The Port of San Diego announced Dec. 7 that it has awarded a contract for the construction of its 700 kW Microgird Infrastructure Project that will consist of a battery storage system and electrical infrastructure that could save the port $3.2 million in energy costs over 20 years.
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Microgrids  -  December 2, 2020

The Value of Microgrids: Challenges and Opportunities

Today's energy landscape is riddled with challenges – which are unfortunately fitting with the many difficulties 2020 has delivered. The rising frequency and severity of extreme weather events in recent years have underscored the need for improved energy resiliency, while COVID-19 reminds us how vulnerable we are to disruptions that impact the production and distribution of goods and services. As this white paper from Bloom Energy notes, power outages have a huge impact on businesses, leading to tangible expenses and ongoing business disruption, so implementing localized microgrids is now a strategic imperative for businesses.
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Solar  -  November 28, 2020

Weekend reads: Inside a solar-powered tiny home; What John Kerry's new post means for the climate change struggle

It's a long holiday weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  November 6, 2020

Smart Energy Voices Podcast - Episode 14: COVID-19's Impact on Deployment of Distributed Energy Resources

How do you quantify the value of a microgrid, which is essentially an insurance policy? You're ensuring that your facility doesn't go down or have an outage. How much is an outage really worth and how do you value that? In this age of Covid-19, the pressure to fulfill commitments still remains high. Investor pressure remains high. Project goals remain in place. But the financing is no longer available. What should customers be looking at and exploring in the interest of managing this dilemma? Listen to this episode of Smart Energy Voices to hear how Matthew Walters, Head of Distributed Energy Systems, Americas at SIEMENS tackles it from a holistic approach.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 30, 2020

DE Forum Video: The Future of the Grid is Distributed

We continue our series of video presentations from the recent Distributed Energy Forum with "The Future of the Grid is Distributed." In this conversation, Doug Sansom, Director, DER Sales, NRG, explains that distributed energy resources are essential for success because customers want control over the cost of energy, they want reliability and they want choice. Furthermore, access to cost-efficient energy is a business necessity. These reasons, combined with new lower-cost technology, are driving capital spending for DERs.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 9, 2020

Virtual Distributed Energy Forum Wrap-Up

Smart Energy Decisions' Virtual Distributed Energy Forum, presented on September 21-25, was designed to accelerate the adoption of distributed energy resources, meeting the needs of large electric power users with a mix of educational sessions, innovative case studies, and connecting corporate buyers and suppliers to advance meaningful conversations and mutual success.
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