What is a Microgrid?

Microgrids are local electrical systems that combine retail loads and distributed generation. A microgrid may include integrated management of thermal and electrical loads, thermal and electrical storage, or a “smart” interface with the grid, operating in parallel or in isolation from the grid.


Why Microgrids?

Microgrids are a growing segment of the energy industry, representing a paradigm shift from remote central station power plants toward more localized, distributed generation—especially in cities, communities and campuses. The power to isolate from the larger grid makes microgrids resilient, and the ability to conduct flexible, parallel operations permits delivery of services that make the grid more competitive.

Microgrids provide efficient, low-cost, clean energy, enhance local resiliency, and improve the operation and stability of the regional electric grid. They provide dynamic responsiveness unprecedented for an energy resource.