How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [Read more...]

Yep, Utilities Do Like Microgrids, Especially Public Power Utilities

Utilities do like microgrids, as we’ve said. And now Navigant Research has some data to back it up. A new report by Navigant finds that a small, but growing number of utilities see microgrids as a logical extension of their smart grid investments. This runs contrary to popular thinking that utilities fear microgrids as competition. A survey … [Read more...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

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So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches. In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity. That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who … [Read more...]