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Emera Maine to Pilot Microgrid with Solar and Storage at its Hampden Operations Center

Release Date:  09-20-2016

Bangor, Maine -- Emera Maine and Opus One Solutions announced today a new innovative project that will provide clean, onsite generation for Emera Maine’s Hampden Operations Center. The Hampden Microgrid will include solar generation, a Tesla battery storage system, a level 2 electric vehicle charging station, and an advanced microgrid controller.

“This project not only will lower energy costs and increase reliability for our Hampden Operations Center, it will help us to manage distribution feeder load in the area, which will potentially defer the need for distribution investments,” said Alan Richardson, President and COO of Emera Maine. It also will minimize use of diesel fuel, which is the main backup generation on-site today.

The project is expected to pay for itself, with no cross subsidy from customers.

It is funded in part by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as part of a larger Opus One Solutions-led energy network project.

“We are thrilled to work with a progressive utility like Emera Maine to demonstrate the capabilities of our real-time intelligent energy networking software platform, GridOS®” says Joshua Wong, CEO and President of Opus One. “Evolving the electricity grid requires leaders willing to adopt innovative technologies and we are grateful SDTC has enabled this partnership to flourish.”

Opus One Solutions will provide the control systems for the microgrid and its interaction with the distribution grid. The project team also includes Advanced Microgrid Solutions, who will assist with energy storage optimization.

The Hampden Microgrid project is an example of Emera’s commitment to innovative solutions that will power a sustainable tomorrow.

The team will assess how the project could be a model for customer sited solutions or provide an alternative to transmission or distribution investments elsewhere on the electric system in future.

“Together, we are working toward  a cleaner, more energy efficient and sustainable future that is customer-focused and supported by a smart and strong electric grid.” Richardson added.

About Emera Maine

Emera Maine is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service. As the state's second-largest electric utility, the company delivers electricity to over 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 10,400 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine. For more information visit: www.emeramaine.com.

About Opus One Solutions

Opus One Solutions is a software engineering and solutions company with the vision of a connected energy internet, delivering real-time management of the modern electricity grid. Through GridOS® its intelligent energy networking platform, Opus One delivers a new level of visibility and control to electricity distribution utilities by solving and optimizing complex power flows. Seamlessly integrating with existing utility data systems, modular and scalable GridOS® applications provide powerful grid management capabilities to unlock greater potential for distributed energy resources, including renewable generation, energy storage and responsive demand. GridOS® further facilitates the management of microgrids from homes to communities for unparalleled resiliency and value to the empowered electricity customer. www.opusonesolutions.com.

About Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) is pioneering the use of advanced energy storage systems for electric utility grid support. The company designs, finances, installs and manages advanced energy storage solutions for commercial, industrial and government building owners.  AMS’s unique fleet management software provides optimized resource management, cost reduction and revenue generation for large scale energy users. To learn more visit http://www.advmicrogrid.com/.
br>About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support innovative and entrepreneurial clean technology projects. Our portfolio of companies develop and demonstrate new technologies that address issues related to climate change, air quality, clean water and soil.