North America Will Lead the Worldwide Microgrid Market With Nearly 6 Gigawatts of Total Capacity by 2020, Forecasts Navigant

  North America Will Lead the Worldwide Microgrid Market With Nearly 6
  Gigawatts of Total Capacity by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

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BOULDER, Colo. -- July 5, 2013

With the launch of dozens of successful pilot programs globally, the adoption
rate of microgrids is expected to accelerate over the next several years.
Microgrids offer greater resilience, a high potential for integrating
distributed renewable generation resources, and the ability to isolate
themselves, when necessary, from the wider power grid—a capability known as
islanding. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, North America
is currently the leading microgrid market and will remain the leader through
2020. Total microgrid capacity in North America will reach 5.9 gigawatts in
2020, representing 64 percent of worldwide capacity, the study concludes.

“The U.S. has pockets of poor power quality scattered across the country, as
well as a structure of behind-the-meter markets for distributed energy
resources that favors microgrids,” says Peter Asmus, principal research
analyst with Navigant Research. “The latter has stimulated creative
aggregation possibilities at the retail level of power service. Instead of
being driven by grid operators or municipal utilities, which is the case in
Europe, the microgrid market in the United States is customer-driven.”

The first U.S. state moving forward with a policy program to promote
microgrids is Connecticut, which is responding to a pair of extreme weather
events, according to the report: Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a
rare blizzard that hit the East Coast in October 2011. Both events led to
massive power outages. This effort – which has authorized construction of up
to 27 microgrid sites as of early 2013 – is supported by an initial grant and
loan program of $15 million.

The report, “Market Data: Microgrids”, provides newly updated capacity and
annual vendor revenue forecasts for the five primary microgrid market
segments: commercial/industrial, community/utility, campus/institutional,
military, and remote (off-grid) microgrids. The report also offers capacity
and revenue forecasts for utility distribution microgrids – a segment that
overlaps with community/utility and remote segments – as well as microgrid
enabling technologies, the latter being the group of key components deployed
within microgrids. The economic and public policy assumptions behind the
forecasts are explained in detail, along with data trends and regional market
drivers. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on
the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market
research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly
regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on
in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The
team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user
primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology
trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Utilities,
Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. Additional
information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated
to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical
business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with
clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and
Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with
business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial
Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most
critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at
www.navigant.com.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report,
“Market Data: Microgrids,” is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s
current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market
predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may
differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report.
Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the
assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to
create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any
obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or
the report.

Contact:

Navigant Research
Richard Martin, +1-303-493-5483
richard.martin@navigant.com
or
Laverne Murach, +1-202-481-7336
laverne.murach@navigant.com
 
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