U.S. Continues to Lead Global Microgrid Market: Navigant Research

The United States continues to lead the global microgrid market, according to the fourth quarter 2015 Microgrid Deployment Tracker released by Navigant Research.In all, the research firm identified 1,437 microgrids worldwide, totaling 13 GW in 100 countries.Of that, the U.S. leads the microgrid market with 673 projects or 4,800 MW, … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo Pushes the Envelope on Microgrids and Electric Vehicles…and More Microgrid News

NRG’s EVgo and the University of California, San Diego are pushing the envelope on use of microgrids and electric vehicles.The pair recently announced an agreement which has EVgo leading two projects at the university, known for its flagship microgrid.In the first project, EVgo is assessing how owners of electric vehicle DC charging sites … [Read more...]

Seeking a Global Blueprint for Microgrids in Greece…and More Quick Microgrid News

Younicos, which is part of a consortium in Greece working on a global blueprint for smart microgrids, says that the Greek Island of Tilos could use renewables for more than 80 percent of its power with battery energy storage.The battery would dramatically cut use -- and therefore cost -- of fossil fuel-based power transmitted to Tilos  from a … [Read more...]

Aggregated Energy Storage Has Arrived: Rocky Mountain Institute

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Garrett Fitzgerald analyzes the results of Stem's history-making aggregated energy storage bid into the California real-time energy market.Earlier this month, energy storage developer Stem aggregated a fleet of behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage systems and successfully bid into the California Independent … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Eligible to Bid in SCE’s 100-MW ‘Preferred Resources’ Solicitation

Microgrids are eligible to bid into a 100-MW solicitation for new preferred resources that was issued this week by Southern California Edison, said a utility spokesman.SCE issued the request for offers Sept. 28, 2015 to acquire renewable energy, capacity and load reduction. The utility wants the resources to also serve the local system, … [Read more...]

Two Microgrid Leaders Preview the Road Ahead, Ruts and All

Poised for rapid growth, the microgrid industry looks a lot like solar and independent power in earlier days.Key players are moving into place to capture market share; regulators are trying to sort out their role; utilities are watching.But U.S. microgrids also face some unique twists -- and undeniable ruts in the road.Two microgrid … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…How about Wave Energy Microgrids?…Stem’s Big Game Changer

We hear a lot about solar and wind microgrids. So now how about wave energy microgrids?Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy today signed an agreement with the Republic of Seychelles to investigate commercial wave and microgrid opportunities in the 115-island country off the coast of South Africa.Under the memorandum of understanding, … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14.But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…Constellation/Bloom Team on Fuel Cells…Stem Scores Another Investor…E.ON Begins Mega Battery…From Pacemaker to Microgrid…And More

Constellation and Bloom Energy plan to develop 40 MW of fuel cell projects for commercial and public sector customers in four states, including at a microgrid in Hartford, Connecticut. The other fuel cells will be installed in California, New Jersey and New York.“The City of Hartford benefits from this partnership by creating Connecticut’s … [Read more...]

Turning California’s Big Ship toward the New Decentralized Electric Grid

California seems poised to be a leader as the US electricity industry transforms from the old-style utility model to a decentralized electric grid. But what will it really take to turn this big ship -- the world's seventh largest economy -- toward the coming energy paradigm?A working group of executives from both old and new school energy … [Read more...]