Microgrids: Advancing Energy Resilience
In recent years, renewable microgrids have moved from a futuristic concept to executed projects. Although utilities have become comfortable with the status quo of the centralized model of production, falling costs of renewable energy technologies and the volatility of fossil fuel prices are opening the door for portions of the grid to return to their localized roots. Microgrids have the capacity to aid with community-based initiatives such as resiliency, grid efficiency, and the management of increased deployment of distributed energy resources. Moreover, the efficiency and adaptability of the microgrid model helps larger scope projects such as the deferral of transmission and distribution (T and D) upgrades to align with evolving financial scenarios.
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What is a Microgrid?
At the heart of a microgrid is a computer-controlled energy management system that monitors and dispatches the energy storage system, PV, generators, and any other generation or storage assets in the system. The energy management system measures demand, sets priorities for power delivery, and automatically powers up or shuts down diesel generators to match energy demand. Energy storage is crucial to the success of a microgrid because it supplements for the fluctuation of renewable energy sources such as solar power and reduces the run time of generators. Although regulatory policies for microgrids are both complex and varied across all 50 states, there are active FERC proposals to increase the efficiency of permitting these systems.
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