A Steady Ride Up for the Microgrid Market in 2017?

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For infrastructure companies in the microgrid market, 2016 at times was like a roller coaster ride. Prospects rose with announcements like AEP’s to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of the Columbus, Ohio smart city. Lows came with regulatory and legislative defeat of utility microgrids in Illinois and Maryland and a … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

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Accidental microgrids here? We find ourselves increasingly on the lookout for unintentional or accidental microgrids, since the concept was introduced on Microgrid Knowledge by David Chiesa of S&C Electric. It looks like a new partnership between National Grid and Sunrun could create accidental microgrids. Accidental microgrids are not … [Read more...]

Navigant Counts 126 New Microgrid Projects & Other News from Ameresco, Demand Energy and UET

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Navigant identifies 126 new microgrid projects; US still on top Navigant has identified 126 new microgrid projects in its recently released 4Q16 microgrid deployment tracker. In all, Navigant counted 1,681 microgrid projects worldwide, representing 16,552.8 MW. While still nascent, the microgrid industry is slated for steep growth, according … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Investment Hits Record $660M in U.S. for Q3

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Corporate energy storage investment reached a record high of $659.8 million for the third quarter, as the U.S. moves toward eight-fold installations growth by 2021, according to a report released today by the Energy Storage Association and GTM Research. The latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor Energy puts investment for Q32016 at five times that … [Read more...]

Illinois Bill Drops Microgrids…Microgrid Bankablity Rising…Tangent Closes $101M in Deals

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Illinois drops microgrids from final jobs bill Illinois lawmakers cut Commonwealth Edison’s microgrids from the final version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill passed Dec. 1 (Senate Bill 2814). The fate of the microgrids had grown increasingly dim over the last 10 days as dealmakers sought ways to decrease costs of the legislation. In addition … [Read more...]

Blockchain Energy Trading: What the Future Holds

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Stuart Ravens of Navigant Research describes the future of blockchain energy trading in an interview with Kat Friedrich of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed-generation payments between … [Read more...]

The Latest in Microgrid Investments. Is the Industry Coming of Age?

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The fledgling microgrid industry eagerly awaits indicators that it is coming of age. And now two recent microgrid investments indicate it may be on its way. The investments – one by Ironclad Energy Partners and the other by First Niagara Bank – show a flow of private dollars into an industry that has relied largely on public funding for early … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities

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Massachusetts appears to be on an energy innovation roll this month, today with news that it will offer $14 million in energy resiliency grants for critical care facilities. The announcement by the Baker-Polito administration comes less than a week after the state said it plans to seek applications for at least $10 million in energy storage … [Read more...]

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...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

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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...]