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...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Not a Fad: Navigant

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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...]

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...]

Guess Which North American Microgrid Market is Growing Fastest?

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The fastest-growing North American microgrid market surprised even the Navigant researchers who uncovered it in a report, “Market Data: Microgrids.” Public utilities took the prize, growing at 45.2 percent, which is the compounded annual growth rate of annual deployments between 2015 and 2024. “For North America, the biggest surprise over the … [Read more...]

When are Microgrids Virtual Power Plants & Why Does it Matter?

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When are microgrids virtual power plants, and what change do they bring to the central grid? The market for virtual power plants, and the technologies that enable them, are growing quickly, in large part driven by the lower costs of solar and energy storage. Thanks to these cost declines, we’re seeing more and more distributed energy coming … [Read more...]

Avoiding Outages with Hydropower Microgrid…More Renewables in the North American Energy Mix… And Other Quick News

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A hydropower microgrid to avoid outages Following its second major outage in three years, the city of Idaho Falls is evaluating a hydroelectric microgrid plan with Idaho National Laboratory (INL). As reported by PostRegister.com, the microgrid would be powered by Idaho Falls' four hydroelectric plants on the Snake River, which can power as … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

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Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development. The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

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Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills -- and eliminate hefty demand charges. The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office … [Read more...]

Utility Distribution Microgrids to Grow into $917M US Market by 2024: Navigant

Utility distribution microgrids will grow into a $917 million market by 2024 in the US, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Utility distribution microgrids, or UDMs, differ from conventional microgrids in that they are built to bolster a utility distribution system, rather than directly serve a microgrid customer, such as hospital, … [Read more...]

Siemens Moves into Top Spot for Microgrid Vendors: Navigant

A new quarterly report from Navigant Research places Siemens in the top spot for capacity among microgrid vendors, followed by ABB. North America regained its lead for global microgrid capacity over the Asia Pacific. Navigant's Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q16 measures data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, … [Read more...]