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California Microgrid Dream Getting Real…Navigant & Energy Storage…Hawaii & Renewables

California Microgrid Dream Getting Real The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Leaders Named by Navigant & News about ESA, NYSERDA and U.S Mayors

Energy storage leaders named by Navigant Green Charge Networks, Stem, and Sunverge top a new list published by Navigant of distributed energy storage leaders. The energy storage leaders are driving growing use of the resource as means to lower costs for customers and for the larger grid. Commercial buildings use energy storage for back-up power … [Read more...]

Navigant Identifies 173 More Microgrid Projects, Sees Growth in Solar & CHP Microgrids

Navigant Research has identified 173 new microgrid projects worldwide in its Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17, released this week. In all, Navigant has found 1,842 microgrids operating, under development, or proposed, representing 19,279.4 MW of capacity globally. In its last tracker, released in December 2016, Navigant had counted 1,681 … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Not a Fad: Navigant

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

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...]

$1M for Microgrid Design Tool…Microgrid Partnerships…Navigant to Run REV Connect

National lab wins $1M for microgrid design tool The Department of Energy has awarded $1 million for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to work on the second phase of a microgrid design tool for remote projects. The advanced tool is for both AC and DC microgrids in remote locations. In the first phase, the lab worked on model development. The … [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...]