Power outages are intolerable. Paying peak period energy prices is painful. Microgrids offer an attractive solution to both of these challenges. Today’s innovative microgrid electric systems deliver standby power generation to commercial/industrial accounts, entire neighborhoods, and even the utility itself. Choosing to deploy microgrids can give your utility customers the reliable, resilient, and cost-effective electric services they demand.
Microgrid/Distributed Energy Generation
PowerSecure, a Hometown Connections Partner, is a pioneer in developing distributed energy systems and in the integration of multiple energy resources for advanced microgrid deployments. Over its 19-year history, PowerSecure has managed over 2GW of installed microgrids.
A polyethylene (plastic) fiber manufacturer, DSM Dyneema has expanded its production capability rapidly since starting operations in Greenville, North Carolina, in 2003. Dyneema runs production 24/7 for a variety of product lines, with a current annual peak demand of about 12 MW. The Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) and its wholesale power supplier, the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA), had been providing electric economic development credits for these plant expansions. As the majority of these credits began to expire a few years ago, GUC approached Dyneema to suggest the company install peak shaving generation to offset the expiring credits. Dyneema had heavily invested in plant expansions and did not have the capital or resources to finance a generator project. Read More about Peak Shaving Generation System Provides Major Savings To Greenville Utilities & Large Industrial Customer »
The official groundbreaking for Berlin Borough’s multi-million-dollar generation project with PowerSecure was held Oct. 4, 2016, near the Pennsylvania municipality’s substation. The diesel generators, which will be able to provide 3.75 megawatts of electricity for peak load shaving, should be operational by Dec. 1.
The Borough of Berlin serves approximately 1,150 electric customers. It buys wholesale power from American Municipal Power, of Ohio, and then distributes it to its customers. Read More about Pennsylvania’s Berlin Borough Breaks Ground on Distributed Generation Project »
Massachusetts-based public power utility Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) is utilizing a PowerSecure Distributed Generation (DG) unit comprised of two natural gas engines to provide backup emergency power for the utility’s control center and to help manage peak load demand. The public power utility commissioned the distributed generation unit in late 2015 and the engines, which are placed in a sound-mitigating enclosure, each have a full nameplate rating of 200 kW. Read More about Holyoke Gas & Electric Turns to Distributed Generation for Backup Emergency Power & Peak Load Reduction »