The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation and will manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate renewable resources, advanced smart grid control systems and demand response capabilities. “Our extensive experience with power generation, energy storage systems and power distribution and smart integrated infrastructure uniquely qualifies us to provide reliable and resilient microgrid systems.” Bill Van Dyke, President of Special Projects for Black & Veatch “Partnering with Schneider Electric will help us deliver a sustainable energy solution to enhance energy security for MCAS Miramar missions.” The microgrid will power several facilities at the 12 kilovolt level during a utility grid outage and will utilize existing energy resources such as landfill gas, solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems for standard operations. Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric will provide a fully permitted 7 megawatt diesel and natural gas power plant, updates to the energy control systems and integrated microgrid controls. All elements will be designed and built in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) security infrastructure and risk management requirements. The new microgrid will integrate with the utility control system at Naval Base San Diego which will have redundant controls for additional energy security. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2018. “Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric bring together an industry-leading portfolio of expertise, equipment and service to develop and operate an efficient, safe and sustainable microgrid energy solution,” said Daniel Vesey, U.S. Navy Global Account Manager, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric USA. “Through this unique joint venture, two worldwide industry leaders will deploy a team of experts that can deliver innovative, best-in-class, microgrid technologies that ensure reliability, resiliency and energy independence for our Marines and Sailors under any circumstance.” Editor's Notes Contracting activity was performed through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest (NAVFAC Southwest). This project directly supports a DoD initiative to deploy 3 gigawatts of renewable energy throughout military installments by 2025. More than 15,000 service members and their families reside at MCAS Miramar, which is home to Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. About Schneider Electric Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. www.schneider-electric.com. Media Contact Information: Black & Veatch Media Contact Information: BEATRICE LIVIOCO | +1 571-366-6984 P | +1 240-401-5504 Mliviocob@bv.com | 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149 Schneider Electric Media Contact Information: MARK ELLIOTT | +1 978-975-9025 P | +1 978-269-7972 M email@example.com About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Wholesale Markets: Decentralization Abounds, More Customer Focus Needed Utilities traditionally have followed load, investing in assets when demand required it. Today’s wholesale markets are starting to push them in a different direction. Instead of load, utilities are being forced to follow their customers, and load doesn’t always come along with them. That’s leading to a wholesale market that’s becoming as decentralized and disaggregated as generation itself. The Business of Electricity: Will Distribution Markets Dominate? Imagine customers, third parties and perhaps even utilities participating in a market in which their investments in renewable energy and other forms of DERs could be monetized. The uptake of clean energy would dramatically accelerate, creating new opportunities for innovation and an open, inclusive energy economy. Energy as a Service: Power Without the ‘Plant’ When ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft began disrupting the taxi business a decade ago, taxi operators scoffed and said consumers weren’t ready for such a radical approach to their entrenched business model. Finding the Right Power Generation Mix As ratepayers continue to seek more renewable energy integration, the electric industry is struggling to create the optimal mix of fuels that will economically meet sustainability goals. Boosted by a slew of factors – including decreasing costs, advancing technologies, new carbon-reduction policies, consumer pressure and regulatory support – renewables show no sign of slowing down. But their ability to provide reliable, consistent baseload power remains firmly in doubt because of the inherent intermittency of wind and solar photovoltaic. Distribution Planning: More Twists and Turns Ahead Planning for today’s distribution networks is a little like driving down a foggy road at night. Knowing what’s ahead and having more visibility makes a ride like that easier, but the clarity those two conditions provide is lacking for utilities and other players in the power sector as they travel toward a modernized grid.