Black & Veatch EPC Services Help Advanced Microgrid Solutions Meet California Energy Storage Goals

Utility, private sector collaboration powers energy storage deployment
May 2, 2018 10:15 AM ET
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 2018 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has completed 20 first-of-a kind Hybrid Electric Buildings® in Irvine, California, part of the of the company’s efforts in support of Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ (AMS) commitment to provide Southern California Edison (SCE) with 50 megawatts of behind-the-meter battery storage capacity. 

Black & Veatch is providing site design, electrical engineering, permitting and construction services for AMS across several property portfolios. AMS and Black & Veatch have 10MW of power, supplying over 60MWh of battery, currently in the design and permitting phase.

“The Hybrid Electric Building® represents a new class of resource for balancing the grid and our commitment to meeting higher demands for efficient energy,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Working with a trusted EPC partner like Black & Veatch allows us to integrate more renewable resources on the grid.”

Black & Veatch and AMS are deploying battery storage systems that will reduce peak energy consumption from local utilities. The systems decrease the need for additional power plants, and reduce electricity costs for host customers. The latest design can provide back-up power for critical infrastructure, like safety systems.

“AMS is at the intersection of smart and sustainable energy system design,” said Maryline Daviaud Lewett, Director of Business Development, Black & Veatch. “They recognize that meeting client reliability, revenue and capacity goals requires an experienced partner. Black & Veatch is lending our integrated power market expertise to help meet evolving energy needs in California and beyond.”

Hybrid Electric Buildings® represent a different approach to back-up power. This solution drastically reduces the amount of power that a building consumes from the electrical grid during peak times, while freeing up capacity for other uses. Black & Veatch is designing and building battery storage solutions to enable AMS to integrate and optimize renewable energy sources for large municipal agencies, such as the Irvine Ranch Water District and Inland Empire Utility Association.

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 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

About Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) is an energy platform and services company that assesses, designs, develops, finances, aggregates, optimizes, and monetizes portfolios of distributed energy resources (DER) to maximize customer value, provide dynamic grid and utility services, and earn revenues in wholesale energy markets. AMS’s business is powered by its industry-leading Transactive Energy Management Platform, which AMS and its partners utilize to offer compelling and innovative energy management services to customers, utilities, and asset owners and operators. To learn more, visit and follow us on twitter: @advmicrogrid.

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