RELLIS Announces Public-Private Partnership with Enchanted Rock Ltd. for Microgrid Technology

The Texas A&M University System, one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, has entered a long-term agreement with Houston-based Enchanted Rock, Ltd. (ERock) to provide ERock’s On Demand Electric Reliability service for the Texas A&M System RELLIS Campus in Bryan, TX. If RELLIS experiences a power outage, ERock’s natural gas resiliency microgrid will provide full electrical reliability for …

Houston microgrid company tapped for new Texas A&M campus

Houston-based Enchanted Rock Ltd.’s ability to speed through the environmental permitting process has won it a contract to build a microgrid for a new Texas A&M University System campus in a public-private partnership. Texas A&M got in contact midway through 2016 to ask the microgrid company to apply through a competitive RFP process around backup power supply to its new …

Harvey’s Devastation Shows the Need for Distributed Energy, Microgrids During Disasters

Harvey, the hurricane-turned-tropical depression that’s devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, has also driven home the value of off-grid energy systems, from backup generators to microgrids — and the dire results of failing to have them ready to prevent disasters. … Since Friday, 18 of H-E-B’s stores have successfully kept themselves up and running in this mode, feeding their generators from …

Microgrids pass crucial test for H-E-B during Harvey in Houston

Flooding and safety concerns caused the San Antonio-based grocery chain to close Houston-area stores on Aug. 27. H-E-B reported Aug. 28 that the company now has 63 stores in Houston and nearby cities open for business. Houston-based microgrid company Enchanted Rock installed natural gas generators at an H-E-B supermarket in Bay City over the past year. The generators allow the …

H E B considers adding microgrid technology to San Antonio area stores

Natural gas-fired generators that are keeping the lights on at H-E-B Grocery Co. stores in the Houston area may soon come to the retail grocer’s Alamo City locations. CPS Energy officials confirmed that H-E-B and Houston-based microgrid company Enchanted Rock Ltd. are seeking approval to add the generators to stores in San Antonio. The application is under review by CPS …

How this Houston microgrid company dealt with Harvey

For Houston-based Enchanted Rock Ltd., a Houston-based microgrid company, preparations for Hurricane Harvey didn’t begin just a week or two ahead of the Category 4 storm. It has been preparing for the moment that its new natural gas-fueled grids would be tested for about a year, said Thomas McAndrew, Enchanted Rock’s president and CEO. “Quite frankly, it was anticlimactic. As …

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock, which installs natural gas generators at commercial sites, aggregating it into virtual power plant microgrids. Read full story >

Enchanted Rock Featured in Houston Business Journal

Enchanted Rock (ERock) was featured last month in a Houston Business Journal article. The article discusses ERock’s long-term agreement with Holly Hall Retirement Community to provide the On Demand Electric Reliability (ODER) service for Holly Hall’s Houston location. ERock will provide the backup power needed to make certain that the Holly Hall Retirement Community is a comfortable and safe place …