4th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. May 16-17

Microgrid Global Innovation Forum

The 4th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. will examine latest advances and lessons learned in North America deployments May 16-17, 2017  The microgrid market opportunity in the U.S. is projected to double from $836 million in 2016 to $1.66 billion in 2020, according to  GTM Research.* The drivers behind this include the need … [Read more...]

California Primed to Gain from Solar Plus Storage…But New Policies Crucial

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Ben Airth and Sachu Constantine of the Center for Sustainable Energy explain how solar plus storage can strengthen California's electric grid -- and the importance of good government policy in helping it do so. When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Revolution: What Business Models Will Prevail on the New Grid?

Mahesh Bhave offers a glimpse of future business models for the electric grid in edited excerpts from his book, The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies for Next Generation Electricity, Praeger, 2016. Overview: The book argues that the electricity grid of today needs to split up into a cluster of microgrids, interacting with each other, and … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids and Urban Revitalization

community microgrids

Susan Dieterlen of DeftSpace Lab offers a model to improve the visibility of community microgrids and make urban revitalization initiatives more substantial and effective. It’s no secret that American cities have many neighborhoods in need of economic revitalization. These challenged neighborhoods may be most common in the Rustbelt, but … [Read more...]

Horizon Power’s Plan to Become the Leading Company for Microgrids in the World

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RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson describes an effort by Australia's Horizon Power to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and become the leading company for microgrids in the world. The Australian government’s official position on fossil fuel subsidies is that it doesn’t pay any. Leaving aside the unmet environmental and climate costs of burning fossil … [Read more...]

The Growing Revenue Opportunity Attached to Microgrid O&M

microgrid O&M

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...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Tweets, Bets, Billionaires…Tesla Says Rule Changes Would Boost Energy Storage in Australia

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RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a push by Tesla to boost energy storage in Australia by removing regulatory barriers. Tesla has joined the growing chorus calling for a complete rethink of Australia’s energy market rules, saying they have been designed for old-fashioned centralized fossil fuel technologies, and do not encourage all the … [Read more...]

Carbon Emissions Fell Again in the U.S. Northeast. So What’s the Next Step for RGGI?

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Carbon emissions fell again in 2016 for the U.S. Northeast states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Success? Yes -- but also a signal that it's time for stakeholders to consider the next step for RGGI. Jordan Stutt of the Acadia Center explains. Declining Emissions Signal Need for Reform In advance of expected … [Read more...]