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...]

How a Microgrid Controller Creates Valuable ‘Security’ Zones for Utilities

S&C Electric's David Chiesa describes a microgrid controller storm setting that can help utility recovery efforts when bad weather strikes. As we’ve reached mid-fall, weather has quickly been changing, creating a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, snow, sleet—even hurricanes and tornados. And with this instability, all of this varying weather … [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...]

Moody’s on New York REV: Winners, Losers and What’s Next

New York utilities would not become obsolete, but may actually see their value increase under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV, according to a report issued this week by Moody's Investors Service. REV is a regulatory remaking of electricity markets being watched carefully by other states as a possible model to manage the growing … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help make the project … [Read more...]

Pool of Innovators in the Microgrid Space Is Diverse, Often Incomparable

Ranking the pool of innovators in the microgrid space isn't easy because of their diversity. After recently publishing an apples-to-apples comparison, Peter Asmus of Navigant Research now offers an apples-to-oranges look. Navigant Research’s recently published Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Microgrid Controls is our first ranking of … [Read more...]

Who’s Getting the Attention in the Microgrid Industry?

Since MicrogridKnowledge.com recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, we thought this would be a good time to give you some insight into who – and what’s – capturing reader attention. So here are the top read articles for the last six and 12 months. The Oncor microgrid wins the six-month prize. And for the year, the most read story was … [Read more...]

Two Microgrid Leaders Preview the Road Ahead, Ruts and All

Poised for rapid growth, the microgrid industry looks a lot like solar and independent power in earlier days. Key players are moving into place to capture market share; regulators are trying to sort out their role; utilities are watching. But U.S. microgrids also face some unique twists -- and undeniable ruts in the road. Two microgrid … [Read more...]

How Fast is the Microgrid Market Growing, Really?

Two respected research firms regularly analyze and forecast market growth for microgrids. Both agree that microgrids will grow at a rapid clip over the next five years. But how rapid? If you try to compare the findings from the two firms -- GTM Research and Navigant Research -- you might end up scratching your head. It’s a bit of an apples and … [Read more...]

Creating a Grid-of-Grids: The Genius behind the NY Prize and its Real End Game

Not everyone sees the NY Prize as a big deal. After all, they say, the end stage of New York’s competition for $40 million is construction of about five community microgrids. That’s not a world-changing number for a technology likely to underlie a coming grid-of-grids – a nationwide interactive network of distributed energy that will … [Read more...]