Bundling Competitive Supply and DERs Could Reap Benefits for Texas Market

A new report from NRG explores the value of bundling competitive supply and distributed energy resources (DERs). According to NRG, Texas businesses often pursue them as two distinct energy strategies. "One approach focuses on competitive supply, which can offer low and predictable rates," says the report, while "the other encompasses … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy: How Customers Can Get Full Value

How can energy customers get the full value from their microgrids and distributed energy resources? One approach is asset-backed demand response, explained in this final excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy  A push-and-pull between government energy policy and technological evolution helped promote today’s … [Read more...]

The Rise of Microgrids and DERs: Out of Competition Came Innovation

What was the impetus for the rise of microgrids and distributed energy resources? What role did competition play? A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the industry's evolution. Here's a look inside the history of electric competition. Today's growth in distributed energy and microgrids goes back to the … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]

DER Technology Comes of Age: Smart and Sophisticated

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources (DERs). This excerpt takes a look at how market factors have led to the maturity of DER technology.  Distributed energy used to be simple. Put a generator in a building basement, or solar panels on a roof, and the job … [Read more...]

What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the rise of local energy and what it means for businesses, institutions and communities. This excerpt introduces the benefits of microgrids and distributed energy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) represent a departure from the conventional electric grid because of … [Read more...]

Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Case Study: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands — Among the Most Energy Efficient Islands in the World

Overview In 1978, Sir Richard Branson purchased Necker Island, a beautiful getaway in the British Virgin Islands. What began with a dream of creating an environment where people could talk and relax soon became an unparalleled luxury retreat. Now, Branson has a new dream: to transform Necker Island into one of the most energy efficient islands … [Read more...]

Nanogrids versus Microgrids: Energy Storage a Winner in Both Cases

Nanogrids versus microgrids: Which one is likely to grow the largest market? Navigant's Peter Asmus offers insight based on his recent research into world markets. The business case for nanogrids echoes many of the same arguments used on behalf of microgrids. These smaller, modular, and flexible distribution networks are the antithesis of … [Read more...]