The Future of Microgrids
- May 25, 2021 1:16 pm GMT
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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.
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.
This document contains links to all of the major / educational papers I have written and posted to Energy Central. I originally posted this document at the end of 2018. This quarterly update is at the end of the third quarter (September) of 2021.
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