Enchanted Rock to Install Microgrid for Regional Water Authority in Texas

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based company, will set up a 2.4 MW microgrid for the North Fort Bend Water Authority to ensure water deliveries during power outages. Earlier this summer, the board for the regional water authority, approved a $1.2 million contract with Enchanted Rock under which the company will replace existing backup generators serving a key pumping station with a …

The North Fort Bend Water Authority Partners with Enchanted Rock on Pump Station Resiliency Microgrid

HOUSTON, August 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  The North Fort Bend Water Authority (“NFBWA”) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to ensure continuous operations of the NFBWA’s Bellaire Pump Station, a surface water pumping station, and uninterrupted service throughout its service area. Enchanted Rock’s clean and quiet natural gas-powered resiliency microgrid solution will provide the NFBWA with redundant …

Hurricane Hanna Demonstrates Value of Microgrids for 30 MW of Texas Load

Hurricane Hanna offered a case study in the value of microgrids when it hit the Texas Coast near Corpus Christi on July 25, causing widespread power outages. The hurricane dumped up to 18 inches of water in parts of Texas and about 200,000 utility customers lost power, some for more than two days. However, as the hurricane approached the state, …

Enchanted Rock Appoints Industry Veteran as Chief Technology Officer

HOUSTON, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Enchanted Rock, LLC, a leading solution provider of clean and affordable resiliency microgrids for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers, announced today the appointment of Ian Blakely as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Blakely joined Enchanted Rock in 2015 and brings over 20 years of experience in technology, investing, and strategy with 18 years in the …

Record Number of Microgrids Installed in US Last Year

546 microgrids were installed in the United States during 2019, more than any previous year, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Three organizations – PowerSecure, Enchanted Rock and The American Red Cross – installed a combined 67% of these projects. Read the full article.

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 …