Navigant Research | April 8, 2015 — A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for community resilience microgrids (CRMs), including global market forecasts for the incremental capacity and implementation revenue of community microgrids and both utility and third-party CRMs through 2024.
While virtually all microgrids share the goal of improving grid resilience, systems specifically designed to promote grid resilience within communities are backed by specific government programs that provide funding and regulatory support.
This support is a major factor in promoting the spread of CRMs in the coming years.
“CRMs are plowing new ground in terms of customer relationships to host distribution utilities,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “They represent the epitome of community idealism when it comes to the concept of grid resilience, as well as potentially the ultimate threat to utilities.”
While CRMs tend to garner the widest public support of any microgrid segment, according to the report, they also face the highest regulatory barriers. Since they require significantly more buy-in from diverse and often unsophisticated stakeholders, their development cycle is typically longer. Furthermore, the ability to finance and finish CRMs on a fully commercial basis would appear to be a challenging path, the report finds.
The report, “Community Resilience Microgrids,” examines the global market for community microgrids and utility and third-party CRMs.
The study provides an analysis of the policy and regulatory issues that either advance or retard the development of CRMs, some of the technologies necessary to create such distribution networks, and key players in this space. Global market forecasts for the incremental capacity and implementation revenue of community microgrids and both utility and third-party CRMs, broken out by segment and region, extend through 2024.