The Challenges in Developing a Community Microgrid

Before developing a community microgrid, it's important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this except from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” The value of a microgrid lies in its sophisticated ability to … [Read more...]

Northern Power Opts for Elegance, Simplicity in Microgrid Technology

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, describes a Vermont company's remaking of its microgrid technology play with roots that go back to 2002. Founded in 1974, Northern Power Systems (NPS) of Barre, Vermont, is returning to its microgrid roots, strengthening its market-leading position as the wind turbine of choice for microgrids with recent … [Read more...]

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...]

Cutting-Edge Microgrid Projects Still Popping up in the United States

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, profiles two cutting-edge microgrid projects in the U.S.: NJ TransitGrid on the East Coast and the Salem Smart Power Center on the West Coast. The current edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker gives credence to the idea that the Asia Pacific region may emerge as the market leader over 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...]

Murkowski Introduces Remote Microgrid Bill in the Senate; Angus Pushes Local Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has championed use of remote microgrids in her own state of Alaska. And now she wants their value brought to the nation. The Republican recently introduced a bill into the Senate that instructs the Secretary of Energy to create a national strategy to promote hybrid microgrids, including renewables, for isolated … [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...]

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...]