Virtual power plants can provide both self-consumption optimization and participate in all electricity markets

A new report from examines the potential revenue streams available to distributed renewables generation assets in front of the meter using virtual power plants (VPPs).

With the decline of feed-in tariffs and net metering, distributed renewables providers are exploring new ways to provide value through these installations. Energy storage systems can help, but because they are still relatively expensive, a software-based platform that matches supply and demand in real-time is a promising alternative. : According to a new report from , the aggregation of distributed renewables assets into mixed-asset VPPs can help provide value to distributed renewables providers.

“The aggregation of distributed intermittent renewables is still relatively new—currently, only commercial and industrial installations are targeted, which are aggregated mostly through fee-based trading services solutions and are only sparsely used to provide ancillary services,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “In the residential market, aggregation is used mostly as a marketing tool and offered alongside other services like system sales and installations.”

In the near future, however, better resource forecasting, cheaper communications, and larger project portfolios are expected to help reduce the risk of participating in these markets. At home, aggregation becomes more attractive when other energy assets like batteries, electric vehicle charging, and connected HVAC are also managed by a VPP. With these assets and the generation system, the VPP can provide both self-consumption optimization and participate in all the electricity markets, according to the report.

The report, , explores the potential revenue streams and other sources of value available to distributed renewables generation assets in front of the meter using VPPs (not considering those available through load management). It also explores the aggregation services and the solutions that are being developed around them. Navigant Research focuses on deregulated markets (also known as consumer choice markets) in this report due to their transparency, but the analysis and recommendations are valuable to players working in regulated markets as well. The report also examines the key challenges related to the implementation of renewables aggregation strategies and provides case studies of VPP-enabled renewables business models. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Distributed Renewables Aggregation Strategies in VPPs, 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.

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To adequately mitigate challenges and enable distributed energy resources integration, pervasive visibility into the network is needed

A new report from analyzes the global marketplace for distributed energy resources (DER) communications hardware and services, providing global market forecasts, broken out by segment, category, technology, and region, through 2026.

As DER proliferates, utilities and third-party owners have ramped up investments in asset connectivity and networking for improved operating economics, energy efficiency, and grid reliability. Control and communications at the DER level are anticipated to enable the development of markets for aggregated clean resources and services, service-oriented business models, and integrated grid management strategies. : According to a new report from , North America is expected to lead communications hardware and services revenue for DER integration until 2020, when Asia Pacific is anticipated to become the top market through 2026.

“Growing penetrations of DER threaten distribution grid stability and greatly complicate the grid management process for utilities,” says Michael Kelly, research analyst at Navigant Research. “To date, the structure of the distribution grid adds to the complexity of the problem, primarily due to the lack of sensing, intelligence, and high-speed communications at the edge of the grid.”

While compensation schemes will need to be developed to coordinate utility data access and control, demand for visibility at the DER level is expected to supersede most regulatory or cost considerations, according to the report. In order to adequately mitigate challenges and enable DER integration, pervasive visibility into the network is needed, and third-party DER owners must also pursue communications capabilities to optimize system performance and deliver the maximum benefits to end customers.

The report, , analyzes the global marketplace for DER communications hardware and services. The study examines the key market issues related to growth in DER communications capabilities, including drivers, challenges, and emerging trends. Global market forecasts, broken out by segment, category, technology, and region, extend through 2026. Analyses of communications technologies include: cellular, fiber, low power wide area networks (LPWA), point-to-multipoint (P2MP), radio frequency (RF) mesh, power line communications (PLC), and Wi-Fi. The report also examines the key applications related to DER communications, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Communications Technologies for DER Integration, 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.

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Opportunities for vehicle grid integration deployment vary by location according to plug-in electric vehicle population, the grid, renewables penetration, and regulatory structures

A new report from analyzes the market opportunity for vehicle grid integration (VGI) technologies used to support grid reliability and stability, providing global forecasts for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), networked and bidirectional electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), and VGI capacity and revenue, through 2026.

As PEV adoption picks up pace within the next few decades, the electrification of transportation is expected to increase load significantly. For utilities, actively managing and spreading the load across infrastructure assets and time via VGI technologies can prevent infrastructure upgrade costs and may also decrease grid balancing costs. : According to a new report from , VGI technologies and services are estimated to achieve a market size of $700 million by 2026.

“Opportunities for VGI deployment vary significantly by location depending on the confluence of a growing PEV population, an advanced grid, penetration of renewable resources, and an encouraging grid regulatory structure,” says Scott Shepard, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Additionally, an increased focus from utilities and grid operators to enroll PEVs in grid services and demand response programs will have significant impacts on the VGI market.”

Navigant Research estimates that the combined global market for regulation and demand response (grid services) is currently near 198 GW. By 2026, global increases in renewables penetration and the advance of smart grid organizational structures are expected to bring the grid services market to more than 516 GW. According to the report, VGI will grow significantly in the next 10 years but account for only a minute portion of global grid service capacity by 2026.

The report, , analyzes the market opportunity for VGI technologies to be used to support grid reliability and stability. The study considers various policy factors associated with the growth of VGI, as well as significant market drivers and barriers. Global market forecasts for PEVs, networked and bidirectional EVSE, and VGI capacity and revenue extend through 2026. The report also examines the major VGI technologies and case studies and profiles key market participants. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Vehicle Grid Integration, 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.

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Latest edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker now includes microgrid projects that are on hold

A new report from presents data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages across six geographies and seven microgrid segments.

Since 2Q 2017, tracked microgrid capacity has experienced a boost, particularly in the Middle East & Africa region as a result of the 2.2 GW Saudi Aramco project in Shaybah, Saudi Arabia. While this project boosted capacity in the commercial and industrial (C&I) segment, remote projects continued to lead all microgrid segments in terms of both capacity and number of projects. : According to a new report from , as of 4Q 2017, 1,869 global project entries have been identified, representing 20.7 GW of operating, under development, and proposed microgrid capacity and 60 new projects.

“While Asia Pacific and North America still account for almost three-quarters of all microgrid capacity in the Tracker, the major shift in this update is the Middle East & Africa jumping to third place among all regions with more than 3 GW of total capacity,” says Adam Wilson, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Europe showed an unusual drop in capacity in this update, with a total of 1.8 GW, due to a number of project updates where totals were adjusted downward to correctly represent their current status.”

New in this edition of the Tracker is the classification of projects that are on hold. There are 32 such projects identified, and this capacity was not counted toward any capacity totals. However, these projects will remain in the database in case they become operational.

The report, , tracks data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages in six geographies. The report covers seven microgrid segments: C&I, community, utility distribution, institutional/campus, military, remote, and direct current (DC) systems. Information is provided on capacity and project numbers by distributed generation type, operational and under development/proposed status, top 10 countries, and top 10 US states. The Tracker also segments projects currently known to be on hold, as well as operational, under development, and proposed. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q17, 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.

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