Distributed Generation Leads Microgrid Investment Opportunities

Without some form of distributed generation (DG), the vast majority of microgrids would not exist.  So, it should come as no surprise that such assets represent the single most lucrative microgrid enabling technologies (MET) segment today.A prime mover technology for microgrids is diesel generators, which are widely deployed as back-up … [Read more...]

Navigant Sees Distributed Generation Market Passing $182 Billion

Today’s explosive growth in distributed generation is drawing business away from utilities, especially in Western Europe, according to a new Navigant Research report that forecasts the worldwide DG market will surpass $182 billion within the next decade.The growing use of distributed generation is eroding utility revenue, leaving some to … [Read more...]

Utilities See Distributed Generation Coming; Energy Efficiency Working

Once upon a time when a big power plant retired, it was replaced by one as big or bigger. But not anymore. Energy efficiency is increasingly reducing the need for more power. And when it is needed, distributed generation may be enough.That’s how utilities increasingly view the market, according to this year’s Strategic Directions: U.S. Electric … [Read more...]

Why The Market for PV-Plus-Storage is Growing

With PV costs dropping, storage costs dropping, and the price of serving remote locations using diesel increasing, the market for solar plus storage is increasing. Paul Bundschuh, president and chief commercial officer of Ideal Power discusses this trend and explains why his company's latest product makes solar plus storage even more attractive. … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Local Generation are the Future: NYPA

The New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state owned electric utility, has laid out a new strategy to create a “reimagined” electric grid that focuses on microgrids and local generation.NYPA outlined the idea in its recently released  “Strategic Vision 2014-2019.”“What you will see in the pages of our strategic vision is more … [Read more...]

NY Governor Cuomo Announces $40 Million in Post-Sandy Microgrid Competition

Since Superstorm Sandy stranded thousands without power across the state of New York in 2012, it has become clear that infrastructure upgrades are a necessity for the state. The current, outdated energy system is not up to the challenges of the present day and a changing climate. A year after Sandy, New York has a plan. Last week during his State … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Thought we'd share some interesting things we heard and read in our recent reporting on energy efficiency. Best Material for Jerry. "Energy efficiency is kind of like the Seinfeld show: It’s about nothing! It’s about the refrigerator that cools beer the same, but uses one-quarter the energy. Who knew? There’s a bias in the energy world to think of … [Read more...]