News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

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...]

A Case for Virtual Power Plants and Energy Storage in California

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Peter Asmus of Navigant Research explains how virtual power plants and energy storage offered a rapid solution to a grid deficiency in California. A little over a year ago, the underground Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility began leaking. While the primary concern was how methane emissions might jeopardize public safety, this event … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

accidental microgrids

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...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Not a Fad: Navigant

Solar-plus-storage microgrids

Solar plus storage microgrids are gaining traction as their costs fall, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Diesel remains the leading generation technology, in terms of total capacity used in microgrids worldwide. Remote regions, where natural gas is unavailable, tend to rely on diesel. But that’s changing, and diesel’s lead is … [Read more...]

What’s Next for Energy Storage Policy? Watch Massachusetts

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The bellwether state of Massachusetts often serves as a focal point of energy innovation. Now it has set its sights on energy storage policy. Over the last few months local and national energy players of various ilk – utility, competitive market, microgrid, distributed energy, renewables, environmental and social justice – have honed in on the … [Read more...]

Ormat to Expand into Energy Storage and Demand Response by Acquiring Viridity

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Geothermal leader Ormat Technologies plans to diversify into energy storage and demand response with the $35 million acquisition of software and microgrid technology company Viridity Energy. The Nevada-based Ormat announced the deal today and hopes to close this year. Citing strong growth in energy storage, Ormat said the acquisition will … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Microgrid White Papers of 2016

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Our library of microgrid white papers gives readers the chance to dive deeply into a range of distributed energy topics. What did our readers research the most in 2016? The most downloaded paper explored microgrid financing and how to achieve a maximum return with advanced controllers. Other microgrid white papers that drew significant … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles in 2016 & the Companies Featured

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Our in-depth look at microgrid costs topped the list of most read microgrid articles in 2016.  Readers also showed strong interest in stories about large market players and state and federal policy. Companies featured in the top 10 include ABB, Caterpillar, S&C Electric, Siemens, GE, Hitachi and National Grid. Notably, the story, “Hitachi … [Read more...]