U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast

by Colleen Metelitsa

Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast


Following three successive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States in 2017, stories emerged of microgrids enabling buildings to keep their power on. Many of these were basic microgrids. Basic microgrids – differentiated from advanced microgrid systems because they have only one distributed energy resource (DER) technology, usually a gas or diesel generator – make up the majority of the microgrid market in Florida and Texas.

This year, GTM Research expanded its data collection effort and microgrid definition to capture a wider group of resilient distributed energy systems. GTM Research now tracks over 1,900 basic and advanced, operational and planned microgrids. (The data is part of the GTM Research Grid Edge Data Hub, available to premium Grid Edge subscribers).

The report provides data and analysis of multiple dimensions of the market landscape, such as fuel supply, ownership and end user type, and location. It also includes a forecast of installed capacity to 2022.


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

Colleen Metelitsa Analyst, Grid Edge

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice, where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

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