Infrastructure Energy believes that providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy is key to a better quality of life in any community.
Infrastructure Energy is an investment and development platform for climate resilient energy infrastructure. We assist utilities break through limitations they face as they undertake complex and expensive grid modernization projects. The company’s utility distribution microgrid (UDM) projects upgrade and modernize local distribution grids, allowing for increased reliability and higher power quality and facilitating broader integration of renewable distributed energy resources (DER) such as wind, solar, hydro, bio-based and hybrid technology systems. Through its work, Infrastructure Energy is creating a more resilient, cleaner, higher quality and more efficient power grid with predictable long-term savings for utilities and the communities they serve.
The Company has a unique approach to the development and deployment of its projects.
- Proprietary custom UDM investment model supporting initial system audit and cost/benefit analysis for proposed new UDM project
- Exclusive teaming agreements with leading technology providers bringing their microgrid platforms to our first projects in Canada
- Extensive support to assist utilities navigate the complexities of a shifting regulatory environment
- A demonstrated community engagement methodology that ensures an early and thorough involvement of stakeholders in the project development process
Infrastructure Energy believes that all energy is local and therefore has developed a variety of engagement models that we bring to the communities in which we develop projects. We work with local governments, utilities, and citizen groups to develop and deploy communication strategies and organize events designed to inform and engage all stakeholders – we encourage thinking and discussion about the future of the community as a whole. We're all in this together.
'Microgrid as Building Block' Market Strategy
Infrastructure Energy has approached the market by developing community-scale ‘building block’ projects in areas where intermittent renewables have exceeded 20% of local peak load creating grid stability issues. These challenges can only be resolved through community-wide integration of all intelligent nodes, with distributed generation and energy storage systems installed strategically throughout the grid. It is our belief that the smart grid will be built through the deployment of community-scale ‘building-block’ UDM projects, as individual nodes, that make up the larger 'Energy Internet'. We advocate the full-scale deployment of wholly functioning and nested UDMs, maximizing benefits to communities and the utilities that serve them, at a scale that can be financed in a single close by a dedicated financial consortium.
An Increasingly Complex Story - A Changing Business Case
Increasingly consumers demand to know where their food comes from – the methods in which it’s grown, sourced and processed. The importance of ‘local’ and ‘sustainable’ are concepts taught to the very young.
Why should it be any different when it comes to electricity?
Until recently, transformation of the electrical infrastructure wasn’t something the average customer had to spend a lot of time thinking about. But rising energy costs and a recent proliferation of severe weather events have exposed critical flaws in the existing model, leaving hundreds of thousands of ill-prepared citizens in the dark for weeks, providing them with ample motivation to start paying attention – not only to their electricity bill, but to the future of energy itself.
As the barriers between producers and consumers of energy continue to erode, we find ourselves on the eve of a silent revolution that will irrevocably alter the relationship between utilities and their customers. Traditionally risk averse and slow to adopt new ways, the utility industry is being challenged to keep up with a convergence of ongoing trends and emerging technologies and most importantly a change in consumer behavior. As if the technical and financial challenges facing the utility were not enough, utility executives now have to contend with a much more sophisticated customer that demands choice and asks for the same level of customer service that she’s come to expect from consumer brands that actually have to compete for her business.
The concept of “real-time two-way dialogue” is going to become increasingly relevant. In fact, inviting stakeholders to participate in the utility's business process is a very smart move, considering that their next competitor may very well be their consumer. (In Germany, more than 50 percent of all renewable energy is now produced by citizens, and not by the utilities.)
We, at Infrastructure Energy, believe that utilities are in a unique position to leverage the existing relationships with their customers to engage and to educate, to reach out to the community they serve, to question the status quo and to fully commit to a better way of doing things.