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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...]

Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages. In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins. In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by: Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

Gov. Inks Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate…Does Mickey Need a Microgrid?..Siemens Sees Distributed Energy Future

Massachusetts energy storage mandate a go It's official. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law Massachusetts's energy storage requirement, making it the third state in the nation to mandate energy storage use by utilities. The exact target will be determined by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) H. 4568, a comprehensive energy … [Read more...]

‘Optimized Microgrid’ at Algonquin College Achieves Positive ROI

An optimized microgrid at Algonquin College demonstrates how to be a showcase for sustainability and earn a positive return on investment, in this excerpt from our new report “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Algonquin College in Ontario, Canada is modeling how to become … [Read more...]

The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller in Microgrid Financing

The advanced microgrid controller is the brain of the system, the software that determines how a microgrid can achieve best economics, and therefore become more bankable. Siemens models how an advanced controller derives value in this excerpt from our report: “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Siemens Extends Partnership Advancing Microgrids in British Columbia

Siemens Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will extend their partnership advancing microgrids under a recently signed memorandum of agreement. The pair also will work on smart grid cybersecurity issues, focusing on gaps in Canada's public utility infrastructure that makes it vulnerable to attack. Under the new … [Read more...]

Ways Microgrids Derive Value: Location, Location, Location

How microgrids derive value depends on energy prices, wholesale market rules, subsidies and other location-dependent factors, as explained in the following excerpt from our report: “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller." A microgrid uses its software intelligence to … [Read more...]

Inside an Optimized Microgrid: What is the Source of its Value?

Here we lift the lid on an optimized microgrid to see the source of its real value: the advanced microgrid controller. Surprisingly, the controller makes up a relatively small amount of a microgrid's costs, as we discuss in this excerpt from our new report, "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]