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Global Microgrid Market to Reach $35.1B by 2020 and Other Quick Microgrid News

Another report is touting strong growth in the microgrid market. The global microgrid market stood at US $9.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach US $35.1 billion by 2020, according to a report from Transparency Market Research: "Microgrid Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2020." The … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2015

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2015 and the new players, policies and ideas driving the industry forward. Consider it the year that microgrids achieved stature. Well-known companies like ABB, Eaton, Exelon, GE, Hitachi, Panasonic, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SolarCity, Tesla and others either … [Read more...]

Lions, Pizza & the Energy Internet of Things

Back in the old days, the electric grid was pretty straight-forward.  Power plants generated electricity and sent it over wires to homes and businesses. Then came the energy internet of things. The things -- such as solar panels, learning thermostats, electric vehicles, energy storage and even human idiosyncrasy – add tremendous … [Read more...]

Renewable Microgrids Get Boost from Extension of U.S. Tax Credits

Congress gave a boost to renewable microgrids last week with a multi-year extension of tax credits for solar, wind and other distributed energy resources (DER). The credits were part of a $1.1 trillion omnibus budget and tax extender package approved by the House and Senate and quickly signed by President Barack Obama. Generation often … [Read more...]

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...]

Connecticut Utility Finalizes Innovative Community Microgrid Deal

Community microgrids are not always easy to finance. But United Illuminating (UI), FuelCell Energy and the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut are showing how some innovative thinking can get it done. UI, one of two investor-owned utilities in Connecticut, finalized an agreement today with the town on a 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid. The deal came … [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...]

Connecticut Microgrid Grants, Wave Energy Microgrids & More Quick Microgrid News

Fairfield this week became the first town to begin operating a microgrid through Connecticut’s pioneering microgrid grants program. The unveiling comes as the state prepares to launch its third round of community microgrid grants. The next round is expected to differ from the earlier offerings in that applicants will be able to apply when … [Read more...]

Utilities and Microgrids: It’s Complicated

Not long ago when Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel would make an appointment to talk to a utility about microgrids, he’d usually get shuffled off to the ‘smart guy’. The smart guy is interesting, but he has no budget and therefore no real influence. Being sent to him signaled the utility’s lack of enthusiasm. But something has changed. For … [Read more...]

US DOE Sees “Enormous” Benefit in Integrating Microgrids Nationwide

The U.S. Department Energy sees “enormous” benefits to fully integrating microgrids into the grid nationwide on multiple levels, a DOE official told a group of energy insiders in Boston Thursday. Dan Ton, a DOE program manager, was the keynote speaker at a microgrid controller symposium, which drew about 150 people to Boston’s District … [Read more...]