The 3.2 MW microgrid will ensure flood management for residents in District No. 7 while minimizing carbon emissions
HOUSTON, Mar. 30, 2022 – Enchanted Rock, the leading provider of electrical resiliency microgrids, has been selected by Fort Bend County, Texas, Levee Improvement District No. 7 (LID 7) to ensure the continuous operation of their new stormwater pumping station with a clean, natural gas powered microgrid. This project will address LID 7’s need to ensure uninterrupted power to safeguard residential and commercial property from flooding when a high Brazos River and heavy rains require pumping for drainage.
As storms increase in intensity and frequency across the U.S., flooding and power outages have increased, particularly in the Gulf Coast region. To address these issues and keep its community safe, Fort Bend County has developed Levee Improvement Districts to enact flood-control plans. LID 7 pumping stations rely on electricity to function, making a reliable source of back-up power essential.
Enchanted Rock’s clean and quiet 3.2 MW microgrid will provide LID 7 with a redundant electrical service to ensure operational integrity of the new pump station if there are disruptions to the utility electricity supply. The microgrid is projected to be commissioned in the second half of 2023.
“It is a privilege to be selected for a second time by Fort Bend County to supply our electrical resiliency microgrid to protect the LID 7 community,” said Allan Schurr, chief commercial officer of Enchanted Rock. “We understand how vital this project is to the community and our entire team is proud to provide a solution that will ensure the pumping station’s reliability without disrupting the daily lives of residents.”
LID 7 selected Enchanted Rock to provide its clean natural gas resiliency microgrid service based on the success of a similar project in Fort Bend County (FBC) LID 2 and at other water utilities. Also factored into its selection was Enchanted Rock’s 24/7 customer support and the company’s proven track record of providing electrical resiliency solutions during utility outages from severe weather events like Hurricane Harvey and Winter Storm Uri. The system is owned by FBCLID7 who will contract with Enchanted Rock for the O&M component.
Enchanted Rock also delivers electrical resiliency microgrids that exceed the strictest emission requirements, with a commitment to using the cleanest technology available. The natural gas microgrid will be up to one hundred times cleaner than alternatives powered by diesel fuel, helping to maintain high air quality in the Fort Bend community.
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About Enchanted Rock
Founded in 2006, Enchanted Rock is the national leader in electrical resiliency-as-a-service, powering companies, critical infrastructure and communities to ensure business continuity during unexpected power outages from extreme weather, infrastructure failures, cyberattacks and other grid disruptions. Enchanted Rock’s electrical microgrids use natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) to produce significantly lower carbon emissions and air pollutants than diesel generators, capable of achieving resiliency with net-zero emissions. Additionally, the company’s end-to-end microgrid software platform, GraniteOS™, provides real-time 24/7/365 system monitoring and optimization, including forecasting of electricity market conditions to ensure worry-free reliable power to customers. For more information, please visit www.enchantedrock.com or visit Twitter or LinkedIn.
About LID 7
FBLID 7 is a political subdivision of the State of Texas created under the provisions of Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution, and operating pursuant to Chapters 49 and 57 of the Texas Water Code, as amended, and Chapter 7808 of the Texas Special District Local Laws Code. FBLID 7 was created to construct certain levee and drainage improvements to provide protection to the land and improvements of residential and commercial property owners in New Territory from flooding from the Brazos River.