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Navigant Highlights Five keys for Government Support for Microgrids

Navigant Research highlights five principles to build microgrid policy support in a new report.

The U.S. is the world’s most active market for government support of microgrids interconnected to traditional grid infrastructure, according to the report summary. This support includes a fragmented collection of regulations, standards and public policies.

Navigant argues that five principles based on lessons learned in the U.S. can guide global microgrid policy support.

“Shifting from grants to market-based incentives, targeting funds toward new clean and smart technologies, choosing projects that foster new financing business models, creating metrics that capture the value of resiliency, and allowing for flexibility and midcourse corrections can help guide microgrid policy globally,” says Peter Asmus, research director with Navigant Research. “These recommendations have been molded by the experience and performance to date of the US government and are adaptable to the unique factors in different regions and market segments.”

The report, Designing the Ideal Microgrid Program to Accelerate Global Deployment, details the history, status, and success of specific US state programs in the hopes that policymakers can learn from what has worked—and what has not. The states (and territory) covered include: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico.

The report outlines a strategy for the long-term success of microgrids through a diminished reliance upon direct government support. It also provides five recommendations for future microgrid government support as well as advice for key market participants such as private sector vendors, utilities, and government regulators. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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“Microgrids: An Ideal Solution” is a conference track at POWER-GEN International happening December 4-6 in Orlando. Sessions include Siemens, Ameren, Duke Energy and Schneider Electric presenting details on various case studies.