US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

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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...]

New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

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Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation. The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation. To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

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Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

NY Utilities Seek Energy Storage and Non-Wire Alternatives

Two New York utilities are circulating solicitations for energy storage and non-wire alternatives in keeping with the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. Consolidated Edison (ConEdison) and the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) are acting under direction from the New York Public Service Commission. The regulatory agency is in … [Read more...]

‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’ Offer Opportunity for Microgrids and Local Energy

The term ‘non-transmission alternative’ may sound wonky to some. But to companies that work with microgrids, distributed energy, energy efficiency and the like, it sounds like opportunity. The term refers to installing smaller, local energy technology instead of new transmission infrastracture to alleviate congestion. Several states see … [Read more...]

Microgrids 101: A Non-geek Definition of Microgrid

A modern day microgrid is a mini-version of the electric grid – except usually smarter and more efficient. So before we provide a definition of microgrid, we need to define ‘the grid.’ The electric grid is the interconnected wires, poles and power plants that deliver electricity to our homes and business. People use the catch-phrase … [Read more...]

Latest on the Electric Grid Revolution in California and New York

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Revolutions seem to take forever, and then happen overnight. The electric grid revolution is still in the forever stage. But California and New York covered some big ground over the last couple of weeks. The two states are moving toward a decentralized, more democratic, less monopolized electric grid, one where energy markets are open to the … [Read more...]

Utilities Embracing Disruptive Energy, Non-Wires Alternatives

Utilities appear to be increasingly embracing disruptive energy as a business opportunity, rather than opposing it -- albeit with some nudging from their regulators. The trend is particularly pronounced in New York, where this week Consolidated Edison -- one of the oldest and largest U.S. utilities -- indicated it intends to lead the way. At the … [Read more...]

Do Efficiency, Storage, Microgrids Fit as “Non-Transmission Alternatives?”

Efficiency, storage, microgrids, and distributed generation complement, but rarely can replace traditional transmission, says a new study from WIRES conducted by London Economics International. The study was conducted in response to FERC’s requirement in Order No. 1000 that planners take account of “non-transmission alternatives.” Efficiency, … [Read more...]

How Do Efficiency, Storage, Microgrids, DG Fit as ‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’

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Efficiency, storage, microgrids, and distributed generation complement, but rarely can replace traditional transmission, says a new study from WIRES conducted by London Economics International. The study was conducted in response to FERC’s requirement in Order No. 1000 that planners take account of “non-transmission alternatives.” Efficiency, … [Read more...]