US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research.GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]

What Does Constellation’s Deal with ConEd Solutions Mean to its Microgrid Business?

Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a competitive retail supplier that also has a microgrid business, has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail electricity and natural gas customers of ConEdison Solutions.Both companies have been focused for years on the sale of competitive retail supply and energy services. Constellation more recently … [Read more...]

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market.“The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs … [Read more...]

Quick News: Texas Microgrid Scores 45-Store Deal…Advanced Microgrid Solutions Wins $200M in Investment Capital

Grocery Store Chain Installs Microgrids to Help Customers During Outages Texas Microgrid has scored a deal to install its natural gas microgrids in 45 stores run by Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico.Announced July 12, the microgrids will help keep electricity flowing … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric.Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state.The staff … [Read more...]

Remote-Controlled Energy Kiosks & Microgrids in the Congo of Africa

NovoMoto, an award-winning startup, has plans to provide remote-controlled energy kiosks and microgrids in the Congo of Africa, supplying electricity that's 40 to 60 percent lower than the cost of kerosene.The student-led startup from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently won three awards and $90,000 during the Clean Energy Trust … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication.Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.”So there is no quick and simple … [Read more...]

Is the Microgrid Industry Missing the Message about Local Energy?

Something funny happened on the way to this century’s big, new electric transmission build out. North America got religion about local energy.Consider this headline in yesterday’s New York Times, “Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry.” The article talks about the 3,100 miles of transmission line projects awaiting … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services.The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

An Interview with NY’s Energy Czar on Advancing Microgrids and Re-creating Utilities

This is the first in a series of interviews with notables who will speak at Microgrid Knowledge’s May 19 conference, “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York.”Here New York state energy czar Richard Kauffman, who will serve as the morning keynote speaker, offers insight into how New York is … [Read more...]