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...]

Washington State Awards Money for Two Public Utility Microgrids

Another state, this time Washington, is rolling out money for microgrids as part of a larger clean energy effort.Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced that five clean energy projects will share $12.6 million in state grants.Two utility microgrids are among the five energy projects. One microgrid will be developed by Seattle City Light and the … [Read more...]

Avoiding Outages with Hydropower Microgrid…More Renewables in the North American Energy Mix… And Other Quick News

A hydropower microgrid to avoid outagesFollowing its second major outage in three years, the city of Idaho Falls is evaluating a hydroelectric microgrid plan with Idaho National Laboratory (INL).As reported by PostRegister.com, the microgrid would be powered by Idaho Falls' four hydroelectric plants on the Snake River, which can power as … [Read more...]

EnSync Sells Innovative Solar-Plus-Storage PPAs in Hawaii

EnSync Energy Systems has sold a portfolio of power purchase agreements to AEP Onsite Partners--including three innovative solar-plus-storage PPAs."These are the first solar-plus-storage PPAs in Hawaii. We believe this is a first nationally and I am confident it is the first PPA of its kind utilizing hybrid storage," said Dan Nordloh, executive … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh.Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel.The project has … [Read more...]

Maryland Regulators Reject BGE’s Utility Microgrids; Raise Competition Issues

Maryland regulators made clear this week that utility microgrids won’t be a slam dunk in the restructured state.The Public Service Commission rejected a proposal by Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) to construct, operate and recover costs for two public purpose microgrids.In doing so, the commission focused on specific problems it had with … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation.The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation.To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The … [Read more...]

What the Changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentives Mean to Energy Storage

Energy storage gets a big nod under recent changes to California's self-generation incentives, which also place new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The California Public Utilities Commission approved the revisions to the self-generation incentive program (SGIP) on June 23.Under the changes, 75 percent of the funding goes to … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future.Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

Deloitte: On-site Energy on the Rise with Millennials Leading the Clean Energy Charge & Other Quick Microgrid News

Millennials are increasingly driving electric utilities and businesses to use more clean energy, according to a study from Deloitte.“Resources 2016 Study - Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds," highlights the increasing influence of millennials aged 21-34, the largest and most dominant consumer group, as a dynamic force behind the shift … [Read more...]