Report Provides 5 Principles to Guide Microgrid Policy Support Globally

Lessons learned from US programs carry repercussions for the global microgrid market

Nov 19, 2018

A new report from Navigant Research examines microgrid programs in specific US states, providing recommendations for stakeholders globally and strategies for long-term success with or without direct government support.

The US is the world’s most active market in terms of government support for microgrids interconnected to traditional grid infrastructure. This support includes fragmented collections of regulations, standards, and public policies, as well as new laws and specific programs enacted after extreme weather events. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, five principals based on lessons learned in the US can help guide microgrid policy support around the world.

“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.”

Since government support for microgrids tends to be steered toward applications that need financial support to be viable and that serve the public interest—rather than the private interests of commercial and industrial entities, for example—these recommendations remain focused on projects with similar needs and goals.

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 flexible and nimble 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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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Designing the Ideal Microgrid Program to Accelerate Global Deployment, 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.