The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as “a localized grouping of distributed electricity sources, loads, and storage mechanisms which can operate both as part of the central grid or independently as an island.”
Today microgrids are making a resurgence. They remain a practical solution to serve remote communities or facilities that don’t have an economical way to tie into the nearest utility system. At the same time, the function and application of microgrids is rapidly changing and offering new benefits. This white paper will provide an overview of the current state of microgrids and associated technologies.