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United States Air Force Begins Construction on $403 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract with Schneider Electric to Enhance Mission Readiness at Yokota Air Base

Yahoo! Finance Summary Energy and sustainability expert, Schneider Electric, today announced the start of construction on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project with the United States Air Force to improve energy resilience and enhance mission readiness at Yokota Air Base ...


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Schneider Electric launches EcoStruxure Microgrid in Canada

Design Electric Summary Schneider Electric announced that its EcoStruxure Microgrid Solution for Small & Medium Buildings is now available in Canada. According to the company, a microgrid is a self-contained electrical network that includes on-site electricity generation and allows...


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PG&E begins construction on microgrid site in Arnold

Calaveras Enterprise Summary Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has begun construction on a microgrid in Arnold aimed at mitigating the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The microgrid is “designed to provide electricity to certain customers and shared community...


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Air District’s Climate Tech Finance Program paves the way for innovative microgrid solutions project

IBank Summary The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has awarded a loan guarantee to Gridscape Solutions, a developer of renewable energy microgrid solutions in California. Gridscape’s microgrids integrate several technologies including solar panels and lithium-ion battery energy...


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California Awards $3.5 Million for Microgrid at Frito-Lay Food Processing Plant

Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The California Energy Commission has awarded Frito-Lay a $3.5 million grant to build a solar-powered microgrid at a food processing facility in a project the agency is touting as a model for the industry. The microgrid will be installed at a...


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Preparing for Disaster While Making Electricity

Heather Smith, Sierra Summary Humboldt County, California, is at the end of the line, electrically speaking. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, and wildfires cut off utilities—and roads—into the area. PG&E, the state's largest utility, has begun preemptively cutting power when the fire...


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Smart Energy Communities Can Make Our Grid More Human-Centric

Grant Samms, POWER Summary I’ve always been drawn to the swarm ship design concept in science fiction. The idea is that what initially looks like one massive spaceship is actually a cluster of really small vessels that can split apart when the going gets tough. As one, it’s efficient; as...


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First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

Heather Richards and Arianna Skibell , E&E News reporters Summary In the new year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States will shut off its turbines, and its customers on nearby Block Island in Rhode Island will revert to diesel generation. The rocky saeabed around Block...


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Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. ...


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Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders”

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As energy democracy and social justice increasingly drive energy planning, Chelsea, Massachusetts hopes to become a model for how it’s done by developing a ‘microgrid without borders.’ Community and climate activists, city officials and energy...