It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

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California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Microgrids Ramp Up in Latin America but Asia Pacific Remains the Global Leader 

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A new Navigant Research report finds market opportunity for microgrids in every region of the world, as report author Peter Asmus explains. The top global market for microgrids is arguably the Asia Pacific, especially for remote microgrid systems. The Asia Pacific market is driven by lack of robust grid infrastructure. Japan is the … [Read more...]

Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions

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Alaska’s challenges — cold weather and the high cost of delivered energy — are part of the reason the state is a model of innovative microgrid development, with the largest number of microgrids in the US, at 122. “This innovation flows from both the challenges associated with providing reliable electricity without the benefit of traditional … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Tracker Identifies 575 More Projects; Rise of Asia Pacific Market

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Shayne Willette, research analyst, energy, at Navigant Research, highlights the latest data from the company's microgrid tracker, which has uncovered several notable trends.  In step with the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization adage, microgrids are increasingly being recognized as viable alternative solutions for companies, … [Read more...]

What are Non-Wires Alternatives?

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Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional 'wires and poles' infrastructure. When utilities choose non-wires alternatives, they often save ratepayers money by avoiding investments in costly infrastructure. By utilizing distributed energy resources (DER) at … [Read more...]

California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

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California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed … [Read more...]

Navigant: Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants Will Come to Rely Upon Electric Vehicles as a Source Power

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When Navigant Research examined nine California microgrids that have a total of 21 MW of generating capacity, it found that the biggest value propositions were renewable energy integration, resiliency and bill savings. But it also found emerging benefits from incorporating charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. “The point is that … [Read more...]

Tesla, Fluence and Other Energy Storage System Integrators Playing Bigger Role on Green Grid

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Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important -- and shifting -- role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Tesla and Fluence. In a recent interview with Microgrid Knowledge, Alex … [Read more...]

Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

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How many microgrids are there exactly? Navigant Research continues to doggedly track down just how many microgrids there are worldwide, recently bringing its database up to 2,258 projects. The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q18 also found that planned and installed microgrid capacity is 19,575.0 MW. Utility microgrids account of 40 … [Read more...]

Three Paths Ahead as Utility Microgrids Reach Inflexion Point: Navigant

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Utility microgrids are at an inflexion point, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The inflexion point comes from the confluence of two trends. First is the global growth of distributed energy resources (DER). The second is a change in utility attitudes toward microgrids. According to Navigant projections, global deployments … [Read more...]