The days of large scale power outages may soon arrive with the onset of microgrids. Energy diversification has been a topic of conversation as utilities are experiencing not only difference energy sources, but different platforms for harnessing their power. Microgrids represent a growing trend of energy decentralization; instead of one centralized source of power for the state/multiple states, communities will be able to harness their own power. This downsizing benefits businesses and customers that cannot afford a second of lost power.
What is a Microgrid?
The U.S. Department of Energy defines microgrids as localized grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously and help mitigate grid disturbances to strengthen grid resilience
Director David Chiesa of microgrids at S&C Electric believes the microgrid model can complement utility business models,
Improving power reliability and optimizing generation assets requires disruptive technologies allows customers to work on and off the grid.
Microgrids are traditionally used to blockade against widespread power outages, but it may soon become mainstream. Many of these microgrids are including renewable energy alongside traditional energy. S&C electric is partnering with the electrical company Oncor, which brings microgrids to communities, using new technology including Tesla’s energy storage batteries. Hospitals and the U.S. Department of Defense are just two examples of organizations that are switching to microgrids.
Read More – With Reliability And Security At Stake, Microgrids Are Going Mainstream (Forbes, Kevin Silverstein)