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The Future of Microgrids

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Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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  • May 25, 2021

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I responded to a question from one of my colleagues at Energy Central, which caused me to think about the subject of this post. This brought up some interesting possibilities.

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The California Electric Utility Culture has decided that microgrids will be very useful to prevent transmission lines that feed small isolated communities from starting wildfires.

This post will expand on the possibilities for microgrids to expand into other segments once the wildfire mitigation market starts to saturate.

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Matt Chester on May 25, 2021

Microgrids seems to be one of those rare solutions where the benefits aren't being exaggerated or just extolled by those who are installing them, but rather we keep learning more and more use cases where they benefit all stakeholders on the grid. Thanks for the writeup, John!

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John Benson on May 25, 2021

Thanks for the positive words, Matt.

By the way, I'm posting a paper on Thursday. It has a (slight) Pandemic twist, a political twist and a climate change twist,


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Matt Chester on May 25, 2021

You've got me hooked-- will look forward to that paper!

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Thank John for the Post!
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