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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...]

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...]

White House Lays Out Plans to Scale Up Microgrids, Storage & Renewables

The Obama Administration on Thursday laid out an extensive list of federal, utility and private actions to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the US. The menu of initiatives came out of a summit that the White House hosted to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage. The event drew … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina's Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with 'Open Field … [Read more...]

‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies. “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on … [Read more...]

Mother Nature Maps Where We Need Microgrids (Again)

Mother Nature keeps hammering home where we need microgrids. Last week it happened again. More than 1.7 million electric customers lost power February 23-24 when a major storm swept the Eastern U.S. and Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Assurance Daily. The storm was an example of the all-to-common pounding of wind, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Configurations Increasingly Used in Smart Grid Research

More than half of the labs that responded to a survey from the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel are testing solar, inverters, energy storage or some combination of the three, and half are doing so in a microgrid configuration, according to SGIP. SGIP surveyed 35 utilities, national laboratories, universities and technology solution providers … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [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...]

Utility and IT Giants to Develop Microgrid Testbed

A group of major utility and information technology companies are joining forces on a microgrid testbed project designed to tackle the problem of renewable energy variability. The Industrial Internet Consortium has brought together Duke Energy, Southern California Edison, CPS Energy, Cisco, National Instruments and Real-Time Innovations to work … [Read more...]