Alaskan Advanced Microgrid Landscape

by Gregson Curtin

As the United States looks to increase its grid resilience and reliability, Alaska may provide a model for the rest of the United States to follow. This report identifies 53 advanced microgrids with 744 MW of total capacity. The report breaks down these microgrids by resource type and end user, exploring the policy and economic drivers that have shaped today’s Alaskan microgrid market.

Advanced Alaskan Microgrids by Capacity

Alaska on average has larger capacity microgrids compared with the rest of the U.S., as the majority of microgrids in Alaska serve islands and remote communities, meaning the microgrids must be sized for peak demand rather than critical load. It is expected that Alaska will continue to integrate renewable energy into remote microgrids to lower electricity rates and geothermal is beginning to appear as a viable energy source for Alaskan communities.


This report is part of GTM Research's Grid Edge Service. To learn more, please contact gridsubscription@gtmresearch.com.

 

Gregson Curtin Research Associate, Storage and Grid Edge

Gregson Curtin is a Summer Research Associate for the Storage and Grid Edge teams at GTM Research. This summer he has worked on projects from the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) Order in New York to advanced microgrids in Alaska. Currently, Gregson is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree at Bentley University, where he is studying Finance and Environmental Sustainability. Over the course of his senior year, Gregson will be working on an independent research fellowship with the Valente Center exploring connections between stock market returns and Environmental, Social, and Governance screens.

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