Community Resilience Microgrids

Utility and Third-Party Public Purpose Microgrids: Global Market Analysis
and Forecasts

One could make the argument that virtually all microgrids share a goal of improving grid resilience. While acknowledging this dilemma, this report seeks to provide market estimates centered on recent programs and projects specifically linked to resilience in communities in light of recent natural disasters and technology mishaps. Some microgrids may serve multiple purposes, ranging from increasing reliability to renewables integration as well as economic optimization. That is the beauty of this flexible distributed energy resources (DER) networking platform.

Perhaps the primary difference between community resilience microgrids (CRMs) and other microgrid segments is that the CRM segment is being stimulated by specific government programs that are providing funding and regulatory support. In many cases, this is a necessity for this specific microgrid segment, since CRMs are plowing new ground in terms of customer relationships to host distribution utilities. Among the challenges facing this microgrid market are:

  • Mixed customer classes, making for regulatory complexity
  • Customer equity issues, especially when utilities are involved with providing CRM services
  • Lack of grid resilience metrics and values
  • Unique financing challenges when addressing community-scale projects

Despite the obstacles, the CRM market still represents opportunity. According to Navigant Research, global CRM implementation revenue is expected to grow from $162.9 million in 2015 to $1.4 billion by 2024 under a base scenario.

This Navigant Research report examines the global market for community microgrids and utility and third-party CRMs. The study provides an analysis of the policy and regulatory issues that either advance or retard the development of CRMs, some of the technologies necessary to create such distribution networks, and key players in this space. Global market forecasts for the incremental capacity and implementation revenue of community microgrids and both utility and third-party CRMs, broken out by segment and region, extend through 2024.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What qualifies a microgrid as a community resilience microgrid (CRM)?
  • Which U.S. states are leading this market––and why?
  • Why is this market limited largely to North America and the Asia Pacific regions?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of utility versus third-party CRMs?
  • What are the unique regulatory challenges facing this microgrid market segment?
  • What are the distinctive technology considerations when developing CRMs?
  • How does the CRM market opportunity compare to that of other microgrid segments?
Who needs this report?
  • Microgrid technology providers
  • Third-party microgrid developers
  • Utilities
  • Community activists and advocacy groups
  • Policymakers and regulators
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary    

1.1  Community Resilience Microgrids

1.2  Market Forecast

2. Market Issues       

2.1  Defining Community Resilience Microgrids

2.1.1   Nanogrids

2.1.2   Virtual Power Plants

2.1.3   Microgrid Segments

2.1.4   Community Microgrids

2.1.5   CRMs: Navigant Research Definition

   2.1.5.1  Third-Party CRMs

   2.1.5.2  Public Utility CRMs

   2.1.5.3  Private Utility CRMs

2.2  Current Regulatory and Policy Drivers

2.2.1   Global Climate Change

2.2.2   Power Outage Trends in the Industrialized World

2.2.3   Centralized Grid Technology Failures

   2.2.3.1  Case Study: Japan

2.2.4   Federal Government Programs and Initiatives

   2.2.4.1  DOE

   2.2.4.2  Department of Defense

2.2.5   U.S. State Government Resilience Initiatives

   2.2.5.1  Connecticut

   2.2.5.2  Maryland

   2.2.5.3  Massachusetts

   2.2.5.4  New Jersey

   2.2.5.5  Case Study: New York’s REV Proceeding

   2.2.5.6  Municipal Resilience

2.3  Implementation Challenges

2.3.1   Monetizing Microgrid Value Streams

2.3.2   Diverse Utility Business Models

2.3.3   Few CRMs Are Currently Operating

2.3.4   Mixed Customer Classes Equals Regulatory Complexity

2.3.5   Customer Equity Issues

2.3.6   Lack of Grid Resilience Metrics

2.3.7   Financing CRMs

2.3.8   Evolving Grid Protocols and Standards

   2.3.8.1  UL Standards

   2.3.8.2  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards

   2.3.8.3  Distribution Grid Integration Standards

   2.3.8.4  DC Networking Standards

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Community Resilience: How Many Paths to the Same Place?

3.2  Three Resilience Platforms

3.2.1   Nanogrids

3.2.2   Microgrids

3.2.3   Virtual Power Plants

3.3  Baseload Fossil Fuel DG

3.3.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

3.4  Variable Renewable DG

3.4.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

3.5  Smart Islanding Inverters

3.5.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

3.6  Advanced Energy Storage

3.6.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

3.7  Smart Grid Utility Infrastructure

3.7.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

3.8  Microgrid Controllers

3.8.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

   3.8.1.1  Centralized Top-Down SCADA

   3.8.1.2  Decentralized Inverter-Based Controls

3.9  Utility Outage Management Systems

3.9.1   Current Performance and Cost Trends

4. Key Industry Players

4.1  Utilities

4.1.1   Con Ed

4.1.2   Exelon

4.1.3   Green Mountain Power

4.1.4   Hawaiian Electric Company

4.1.5   SDG&E

4.2  Major Technology Providers and System Integrators

4.2.1   Eaton

4.2.2   GE Digital Energy

4.2.3   Schneider Electric

4.2.4   Siemens

4.3  Developers and Technology Innovators

4.3.1   Anbaric Transmission

4.3.2   Advanced Microgrid Solutions

4.3.3   Dynapower

4.3.4   Green Energy Corporation

4.3.5   Leidos

4.3.6   PowerSecure

4.4  Software Pioneers

4.4.1   OSIsoft

4.4.2   Spirae

4.4.3   Viridity Energy

5. Market Forecasts

5.1  Community Resilience Microgrids Market Overview

5.2  Three Scenarios

5.3  Capacity Methodology

5.3.1   Regional Dynamics for Community Microgrids

5.4  Revenue Methodology

5.5  CRM Regional Market Analysis

5.6  CRM Segmentation Trends

5.6.1   Utility CRMs

5.6.2   Third-Party CRMs

5.7  Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Company Directory
7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Smart City Technology Annual Revenue by Industry, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual DG Installed Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • CRM Capacity by Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Community Microgrid Capacity Market Share by Region, World Markets: 2015
  • CRM Capacity Market Share by Region, World Markets: 2015
  • Total Community Microgrid Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total Community Microgrid Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Billion-Dollar Weather-Related Disasters Likely Linked to Climate Change, United States: 2000-2012
  • U.S. Weather and Non-Weather Related Wholesale System Power Outages: 1992-2012
  • Profile of Power Supply Performance by Sendai Microgrid during Fukushima Disaster
  • Private, Utility, and Society Costs and Benefits for Microgrids
  • Enernet: Connecting Nanogrids to Microgrids and Macrogrids (Including VPPs)
  • VPP Conceptual Diagram
  • Matrix of Microgrid Grid Integration and Technical Complexity
  • Siemens DBOOM Microgrid Offering
  • Microgrid as a Full Infrastructure Resilience Service Platform

List of Tables

  • Total Community Microgrid Incremental Capacity, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Total Community Microgrid Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total Community Microgrid Incremental Capacity, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total Community Microgrid Implementation Revenue, Conservative Scenario, World Markets:
    2015-2014
  • Total Community Microgrid Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • OMS SWOT Analysis
  • Total Community Microgrid Implementation Revenue, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total CRM Incremental Capacity, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Total CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total CRM Incremental Capacity, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total CRM Implementation Revenue, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Total CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Total CRM Implementation Revenue, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Incremental Capacity, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Utility CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Incremental Capacity, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Implementation Revenue, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Utility CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Utility CRM Implementation Revenue, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Incremental Capacity, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Third-Party CRM Incremental Capacity, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Incremental Capacity, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Implementation Revenue, Conservative Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2014
  • Third-Party CRM Implementation Revenue, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Third-Party CRM Implementation Revenue, Aggressive Scenario, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Lexicon of Nanogrids, Microgrids, and VPPs
  • Third-Party CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Public Utility CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Private Utility CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Hurricane Sandy by the Numbers
  • East Coast State Rankings on CRM Market Environment
  • Utility Development Options for CRMs: Pros and Cons
  • Fossil Baseload DG for CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Variable Renewable DG for CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Smart Islanding Inverters for CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Operating and Cost Characteristics of Energy Storage Technologies in Microgrids: 2014
  • Advanced Energy Storage for CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Smart Grid CRM SWOT Analysis
  • Controls for CRM SWOT Analysis

Report Details

  • Pages: 96
  • Tables, Charts,
    Figures:
    61
  • Release Date: 1Q 2015
  • Release File(s): PDF* and Excel *Indicates primary report file.

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