The New Reality: Don’t Ignore the Black Swan Events

It is human nature to avoid spending money on preparations for an event that may never happen. However, as we all continue to adapt to a COVID-19 world, there is a new awareness of low probability, high impact events. If the consequences of a statistically unlikely event are devastating to the economy, the survival of an industry, or welfare of …

Natural Gas Microgrids Do What Solar and Batteries Alone Can’t for California Resiliency, Report Says

California utilities face resistance to deploying natural gas generators. But the alternative may be dirtier diesel. The report is from consultancy Brattle Group and sponsored by Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based developer of microgrids centered on natural gas generators. It indicates that providing two to four days of backup power for a 10-megawatt community microgrid from solar and batteries alone would require far …

PG&E’s Plan to Mitigate Blackouts This Wildfire Season: Lots More Diesel Generators

“I think that it’s apparent, given the short timeline left for preparation for fire season — which technically starts in a week — that all of the parties are resigned to diesel temporary generation being necessary for 2020,” said Allan Schurr, chief commercial officer of Enchanted Rock. The Texas-based microgrid developer has built more than 400 megawatts of microgrids centered on natural-gas generators that emit much …

Texas’ Sunbaked Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to use record amounts of electricity in the summer. But the prediction is surprising for this year because …

Healthcare Needs Continuing, Whole-Facility Power Protection

Talk with almost any healthcare or senior care executive about emergency backup power, and the conversation will invariably turn to Florida and the 12 nursing home patients who died following Hurricane Irma in 2017. In that case, patients at the facility were left in sweltering heat due to power outages and the lack of a functioning backup power for the …

US Microgrid Market Slowed in 2019. PG&E Could Single-Handedly Reverse the Trend

Dec. 18, 2019/GTM/ — The burgeoning U.S. microgrid industry is set to install less controllable capacity this year than it did last year. But that setback may prove a temporary blip, especially if a new effort to back up the beleaguered Northern California grid comes to function. The U.S. microgrid market set a record with 666 megawatts of capacity additions …

How Microgrids Offer Electric Reliability with Valuable Arbitrage Opportunity

Dec. 6, 2019/Forbes/ –As our energy economy continues to evolve, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the growth of assets on the customer side of the meter is going to grow rapidly. Severe weather events that increase the focus on the need for both reliability and resiliency, combined with occasional extreme energy market volatility, are driving a growing number of customers …

How One Company Could Transform Energy in Southern States

HOUSTON, Dec. 2, 2019/E&ENews/ — From a perch near the Gulf of Mexico, Entergy Corp. is positioning itself as a utility company of the future — even if critics lament what that could mean for electricity choices and costs in the South. The company, Louisiana’s largest power provider, is exploring a different type of model where a utility extends its …

Houston microgrid co. to open California office

Houston-based Enchanted Rock LLC is preparing to establish a foothold for itself in California. Enchanted Rock, which provides microgrids to customers in need of reliable power supply, is already in talks with a number of grocery store chains in the region that may be its inaugural customers in the state, said CEO Thomas McAndrew. McAndrew is set to open a …