California Microgrid Roadmap Effort Identifies 120 Microgrids in the State

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In the California microgrid roadmap April 25 meeting, Navigant Research presented data showing that California boasts more than 120 existing, developing and proposed microgrid  projects, adding up to 650 MW of peak capacity, with many using solar PV. More than 160 people participated in the workshop in San Diego, either in person or online, said … [Read more...]

Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

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Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size … [Read more...]

The Buffalo-Niagara Microgrid Incorporates Many into One

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Editor's Note: Here we profile the Buffalo-Niagara microgrid in our series on the NY Prize Stage 2 winners, which each received $1 million. The 11 proposals are now vying to win build-out funds in Stage 3 of the $40 million competition. SolarCity’s September 2014 announcement that it would build a solar photovoltaic (PV) gigafactory in Buffalo, … [Read more...]

Behind the Rise of Microgrids: News from PJM, Navigant & Macquarie Capital

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The impetus behind the rise of microgrids Many trace today’s rise of microgrids, energy storage, and distributed energy to the opening of competitive electricity markets. So, it’s worth noting that PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of operating competitive wholesale power markets. Known in … [Read more...]

The Growing Revenue Opportunity Attached to Microgrid O&M

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With more microgrids comes the need for more microgrid O&M (operations and maintenance) services. Navigant Research's Peter Asmus describes the growing market opportunity for these services. Navigant Research’s past market forecasts have focused on investments into the microgrid development value chain. This spending on the actual … [Read more...]

Microgrid Revenue Rose 29% Worldwide in 2016; Energy Storage up 45%

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Microgrid revenue rose 29 percent from 2015 to 2016, reaching $6.8 billion globally, according to a report issued today by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). Prepared by Navigant Research, AEE’s 2017 Market Report also found that Asia Pacific led the microgrid market followed by North America. In the United States, the microgrid market continued … [Read more...]

Scotland Center Seeks Marine Microgrid & Other News from Navigant, SEL, Microgrid Labs

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Marine testing center seeks microgrid The European Marine Energy Center has issued a solicitation seeking a microgrid solution for testing marine energy converters. Specifically, the center seeks proposals for design and delivery of a simulated grid solution to facilitate the testing of small scale wave and tidal energy converters at its … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids May Fit into the Trump Agenda

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Navigant's Peter Asmus explains why military microgrids may align with the Trump agenda. President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional energy fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrid to be Built in Anchorage with Two Forms of Energy Storage

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Alaska, the state with the largest number of microgrids, is about to get more clean and reliable power thanks to an ABB microgrid being developed in Anchorage. The ABB microgrid is designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people in the state's largest city, and home to half of Alaska's population. It will … [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...]