A Microgrid is a local network of energy consumers, electric generators and control equipment that can operate interconnected with or independent from the local power grid.
Under normal conditions, microgrid customers connect to the local power grid and may use their generators to offset a portion of their energy cost.
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How Microgrids Work, U.S. Department of Energy.
The Advanced Microgrid: Integration & Interoperability, Bower, et. al., Sandia National Laboratories, March, 2014.
About Microgrids, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
Microgrids and How They Work (video), The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.
Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO
Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque, NM
Santa Rita Jail, Dublin, CA
The Sendai Microgrid, Sendai City, Japan
New York University, New York, NY
Borrego Springs, Borrego Springs, CA
During power outages, microgrid customers disconnect or “island” from the local power grid and use their generators to sustain operations.
Microgrids typically include renewable and conventional generation and can be as big as a town or as small as a few buildings.