How Fast is Energy Storage Growing? Here are the Numbers

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It's a bull market for energy storage, as evidenced by two separate reports issued this week by leading analytical firms. A quarterly report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA) found a doubling of US energy storage projects in the pipeline, bringing the number to 32.9 GW. The report forecasts that … [Read more...]

2019 Looks Good for Electric Vehicles as New York Pushes Electrification of Transportation

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New York continues to push electrification of transportation, boosting what's expected to be a record 2019 for electric vehicles in North America. As part of its EVolve NY program, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is rolling out 200 direct current fast chargers (150 kW), which charge in as little as 20 minutes. NYPA will install the fast … [Read more...]

Distribution Resource Plans are Coming to Nevada. What’s that Mean to Microgrids?

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Nevada's new framework calling for utility distribution resource plans (DRP) could benefit microgrids, but it's "only a single step in a long journey," said Ken Horne, director for smart grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy group  of Navigant Consulting. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has adopted a framework for … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Surprising Ways Distributed Energy Resources Can Transform the Economy

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Navigant's Peter Asmus describes five surprises that may lie ahead as distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids transform the global economy. This edition of  Industry Perspectives was one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018.   It is that time of the year again, when pundits pontificate … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Microgrids toward a $30.9B Market?

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A forecast issued this week by Navigant Research identifies several new trends emerging in the global microgrid market as it moves toward becoming a $30.9 billion industry by 2027. The number of vendors in the arena has increased dramatically. Utilities, once seen as obstructers to microgrids, are now building their own. Microgrid growth is … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects and Virtual Power Plants from Maine to Australia

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Municipal microgrid bill moves forward in Maine Pro-microgrid legislation in Maine now heads to the full House and Senate for consideration following its approval March 20 by the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Mick Devin, LD 257 would allow Maine cities and towns to develop microgrids in … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

Partnership to watch: NRG Energy and Cummins Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform … [Read more...]

Spending on Military Microgrids Could Reach $1.4B by 2026: Navigant

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Military microgrids continue to spring up throughout the United States as the Department of Defense (DoD) strives to ensure reliable electric supply for its bases and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Now a new report by Navigant Research pegs how much the military is likely to invest installing microgrids in the next several years. Released … [Read more...]

British Tech Park Takes Next Step on Microgrid Project & News from Urbanova and Navigant

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Forrest wins contract for energy plan at Cumbria microgrid Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has taken its next step in developing a complex microgrid system for its two-square mile business park in Cumbria by hiring renewable energy contractor Forrest to create a low-carbon energy master plan. The British real estate company intends to make … [Read more...]