Siemens Congratulates 2017 Platts Global Award Finalist Blue Lake Rancheria

Winners to be Recognized at December 7 New York Gala


Monday, October 23, 2017 12:03 pm EDT


New York, NY

Energy companies from 28 countries have been selected as finalists for the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards. The 2017 finalists were announced today by program host S&P Global Platts, the leading global provider of energy and commodities information and spot market benchmarks.

Blue Lake Rancheria was selected as a finalist in the “Commercial Application of the Year” category for its microgrid deployment on the Northern California Native American Reservation.

Established in 1999 and often described as “the Oscars of the energy industry,” Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 19 categories that span the entire energy complex.

Blue Lake Rancheria launched its low-carbon community microgrid earlier this year, a system that is helping power government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. In collaboration with Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center, Siemens, Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Gas & Electric, and additional partners, the microgrid uses decentralized energy resources and intelligent software to provide its residents and economic enterprises with reliable power without interruption. 

The microgrid includes a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system designed and built by REC Solar and a 950 kWh Tesla battery storage system, all managed and controlled with Siemens Spectrum Power Microgrid Management System (MGMS) software. Funded in part through a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the system allows the reservation to operate independently of the power grid in coordination with local utility Pacific Gas & Electric. This project incorporates the largest solar array in currently in operation in Humboldt County, California, is estimated to save the Tribe over $200,000 in annual energy costs, will reduce at least 150 tons of carbon per year and will grow Tribal clean energy jobs by 10 percent.

"This recognition is a great honor, and the Tribe is proud to be part of such an effective deployment team,” said Jana Ganion, Sustainability Director for Blue Lake Rancheria. “Solar plus storage, the energy backbone of our microgrid, is now fiercely price competitive with other forms of energy, and microgrids allow communities to implement these secure, reliable, cost-effective sources of energy for all the co-benefits they provide, especially new jobs."

“We are thrilled be a part of this ground-breaking project with Blue Lake Rancheria, an organization that is a true consumer leader not only in the renewable space, but in driving the latest, forward-thinking approaches to our changing energy landscape,” said Mike Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid in North America.  “Blue Lake Rancheria is able to rely on a complex mix of generation and storage to work together to deliver efficient, reliable and cleaner power for the Tribe's government offices and other critical infrastructure.”

Hundreds of energy industry representatives are expected to attend the 2017 Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala in New York City on December 7. The awards program will be emceed by CNBC Reporter Jackie DeAngelis.  

Preceding the awards program, finalists and other industry executives will take part in the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum, a platform for exploration and debate of industry-critical issues by energy executives, government officials and academics.

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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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