MICROGRIDS’ ROLE IN ENERGY SECURITY, RENEWABLE INTEGRATION & THE GRID OF THE FUTURE
The United States Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE), Northeast States, and utilities are the primary drivers behind a projected $26 billion (B)/5.9 gigawatts (GW) annual microgrid market. The DoD is establishing a network of microgrids at over 40 military bases, and are investigating the deployment of mobile microgrids at its 600+ forward operating bases. Extreme weather events in the Northeast are driving State government and Utility microgrid investments for enhanced grid resiliency. The DOE is partnering with a number of states, with New Jersey’s 50 MW TransitGrid as an example. New Jersey is also investing $25M in energy resiliency. New York and Massachusetts have allocated $40M each for storm-resilient projects, while New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Prize calls for additional microgrid investments. Connecticut is expected to announce a third microgrid RFP, and Maryland is following suit with its Resiliency through Microgrids Task Force.
However, each market has its own unique requirements and drivers that must be met by carefully chosen microgrid technologies and system configurations. And microgrids projects, including retrofits, are proving to require greater investment than previously recognized. Providers must tailor their approaches to the wants and needs of customers in order to effectively position themselves to market their technologies, products and services and capitalize on the next generation of microgrid projects.Register Now