Will America’s Steel City build the first grid of microgrids?

reports in Microgrid Knowledge about the vision of Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto to implement a complement of microgrids that could each independently provide power to a dedicated customer base by islanding—isolating themselvesfrom the public grid during grid failures, before “black starting” and supplying resilient power to to their respective customer bases. Such a strategy in theory would eliminate electrocution hazards to utility lines crews working to repair the grid.

To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now.

William Peduto

William Peduto

The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems.

“The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make your toast would be left in the 19th century, where it was started,” said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.

Peduto was among panelists last week who presented Pittsburgh’s strategy in a webinar hosted by Harvard Business Review (HBR), Siemens and 100 Resilience Cities.  More….

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