Quick Microgrid News: NYISO on Microgrids…Solar, Storage & Lower Prices…Telecom Likes DG

Quick microgrid news for this week... The New York Independent System Operator describes a future power grid with “an increasing number of microgrids to serve the particular needs of institutions, corporations, and communities, while retaining connections to the bulk power system,” in its new report, "Power Trends 2015: Rightsizing the … [Read more...]

European Microgrid Ecosystem Emerges

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, describes the European microgrid market and how it differs from the U.S. market. The microgrid market in the United States has reached a crescendo, with vendors (i.e., SolarCity) and utilities (i.e., Oncor) announcing new products and projects on a regular basis. Here in Europe (where I am, just outside Paris … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Local Energy: A Fad or a True Market Force?

We'll be the first to admit that there is a lot of cheerleading surrounding microgrids and local energy right now.  Is it all just clapping and banner waving? Or are microgrids a technology with staying power? Navigant Research,  which closely tracks microgrids, has recently published data that looks very encouraging for the microgrid … [Read more...]

Navigant Research: Alaska Builds a Wind Microgrid Future

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research,  recently traveled to Alaska to explore its wind microgrids. He explains why Alaska has a lot to show the rest of the world about creating resiliency. Alaska was in the midst of a heat wave when I arrived there in early March, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, and reaching 40 °F  the day I … [Read more...]

Diesel Microgrids, Low Oil Prices, and Averting Catastrophe

Are low oil prices influencing decisions to include diesel generators in microgrids? It’s a fair question to ask with fuel accounting for about 95 percent of the total cost of ownership of a diesel generator, and the gensets found in nearly 40 percent of new microgrids. But fuel price doesn’t appear to play a big role in the decision to … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: Navigant, ABB, Samsung, Imergy, SunEdison, Burns, Clean Coalition, PSEG

In today's Quick Microgrid News, Navigant identifies the market for community resilience microgrids...ABB and Samsung strike a deal to develop microgrids...SunEdison places a big order with Imergy...The Burns Group microgrid project at Temple University wins an engineering award...The Clean Coalition wins a microgrid consultanting deal with … [Read more...]

Quick News: Quick Growth in Energy Storage…Green Charge Networks Taps Ideal Power

Growth in distributed energy storage is exceeding industry expectations and is expected to grow  from 276 MW in 2015 to nearly 2,400 MW in 2018 and then 12,000 MW by 2024, according to a Navigant Research report. “Distributed storage is among the fastest-growing markets for energy storage globally,” said Anissa Dehamna, senior research analyst … [Read more...]

Navigant Launches ‘Small Grid’ Study

Navigant Research is launching a study of small grids that it says will bring together a high-level consortium of utilities, project developers, software and hardware providers, and other key microgrid and nanogrid stakeholders. The study follows Navigant's forecast that worldwide revenue from utility distribution microgrids (UDMs) will grow … [Read more...]

Microgrid-enabling Technologies Market May Reach $155 Billion in Less than a Decade

As demand for microgrids grows, so does the need for microgrid-enabling technologies -- the various systems and components that let the microgrid generate power and store it, supply customers, and connect and disconnect from the grid. These technologies include diesel generators, natural gas generators, fuel cells, solar PV, distributed wind, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growth On Pace for Tripling of Capacity by 2020

Another research organization is predicting rapid microgrid market growth, this time a tripling of capacity and an increase in annual revenue of more than 20 percent over the next six years. More specifically,  Transparency Market Research  forecasts that the 3.6 GW of microgrid capacity operating in 2013 will grow to 9.35 GW by 2020. The report … [Read more...]