December 21, 2011 -- Microgrids, pockets of distributed energy resources that can be isolated from the utility power grid, have been called "the ultimate example of energy democracy," diversifying supply infrastructure ownership, says Pike Research. Campus environments are the largest sector of grid-connected microgrids globally: educational institutions, hospitals, the military, and some large corporations.
Campus-style microgrids manage energy with on-site electric and thermal generation and loads, within an existing energy infrastructure. Microgrids offer greater autonomy and control of energy futures for financially secure enterprises. The campus microgrid represents "increased efficiency, greater reliability, and the potential for new revenue streams from the provision of ancillary grid services," said senior analyst Peter Asmus.
Total installed generation capacity for campus microgrids will increase by 164% between 2011 and 2017, rising from 620 megawatts (MW) to 1.6 gigawatts (GW), shows Pike Research's report. By the end of 2017, the campus microgrid market will reach $777 million in annual revenue. read more>>>