Using Siemens microgrid management software, Blue Lake Rancheria will be able to accurately predict the reservation's power load needs and dynamically manage and control its distributed power generation through integrated weather and load forecasting. The reservation will use this detailed power usage insight to provide its residents and businesses with reliable, high-quality power without fear of outages or power interruption."Pacific Gas and Electric welcomes the opportunity to participate in this project and monitoring the progress as a case study on how microgrids can be deployed in our service area, using multiple sources of renewable energy," said Carl Schoenhofer, Humboldt Division Senior Manager for Pacific Gas and Electric. "We will be working closely with the project partners to ensure that all operation modes are done safely, and that the grid is protected as we work to expand these types of emergency power options." "At a time when we're seeing efforts at the state and federal levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this groundbreaking project will use software to manage a complex mix of power generation and storage to bring clean and reliable power to critical sites across Blue Lake Rancheria's 100-acre reservation," said Pat Wilkinson, head of Siemens Energy Automation. "Microgrids are one of the most intelligent, efficient, reliable, and secure ways to create and manage power for the needs of a 21 st century power market, and we're proud that our technology will help Blue Lake Rancheria and Humboldt University continue to lead the way in implementing innovative energy systems." The SP MGMS software is "operator-free" and does not require traditional 24-7 monitoring. The solution is built on a utility grade SCADA platform giving it the power to handle any microgrid application and ensure interoperability with other load control systems. The microgrid is planned to be installed and operational by fall 2016.
This press release and a press picture / press pictures/ further material is available at http://siemensusa.synapticdigital.com/BlueLake.For further information on Siemens microgrid solutions, please see www.usa.siemens.com/microgrids. Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. With 343,000 employees in more than 200 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $98 billion in fiscal 2014. Siemens in the U.S. reported revenue of $22.2 billion, including $5.2 billion in exports, and employment of approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To receive expert insights sign up for Siemens' U.S. Executive Pulse leadership blog. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at: www.twitter.com/siemensUSA. The Schatz Energy Research Center is a research and educational institute associated with the Environmental Resources Engineering Department at Humboldt State University. SERC's mission is to promote clean and renewable energy. For over two decades, the Center has designed, built, and installed numerous renewable energy systems, including the first fuel cell car licensed to drive in the U.S. and the first solar powered hydrogen fueling station. Currently, SERC is involved in setting quality standards for solar powered LED lighting products in Africa and Asia. Undergraduate and graduate students at the Center are able to participate in cutting-edge energy research as part of their education. http://www.schatzlab.org The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe. located in Humboldt County, California, is a federally recognized sovereign nation, organized under an Indian Reorganization Act Constitution. The Rancheria was established in 1908 within the aboriginal boundaries of the Wiyot people as a refuge for homeless Indians. In 1958 the Tribe was unlawfully terminated under P.L. 85-671. In 1983, after a 25-year fight that resulted in Tillie Hardwick v. United States decision, the Tribe was reinstated. Today the Tribe operates the Blue Lake Casino, Blue Lake Hotel, The Play Station 777, Sapphire Palace Event Center, and other economic enterprises to provide social services, public safety, education, and economic opportunity for tribal members and surrounding communities. For its efforts in climate action, greenhouse gas reductions, and community resiliency, the Tribe was recognized as a 2015-16 White House "Climate Action Champion." For more information please visit: www.bluelakerancheria-nsn.gov