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I feel compelled to challange this concept. The microgrids described in the article are grid connected. When the true fixed cost a grid connection (which in a renewables rich grid can easily exceed 80% of an annual electricity bill) is added to the real cost of electricity supplied by the microgrid, the end customers may have some of the most expensive electricity in the USA. Examples...
FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Resources: Landmark Action Breaks Down Barriers to Emerging Technologies, Boosts CompetitionFERC Order 2222 is an historic event that will transform the energy industry into a truly modern and Smarter Grid. Bravo!Under the new rule, regional grid operators must revise their tariffs to establish DER aggregators as a type of market..
It's interesting that this sounds like an area where the military is playing catch up as opposed to being the source of where the technology first came from-- but perhaps there are microgrid and smart grid techs that the military is testing or even using that simply aren't public knowledge yet, similar to how transportation and weapons are deployed in military settings...
The question is should the be built today with natural gas market assumptions, or are they purely being built for a hydrogen future and any gas transportation would be a stopgap support? There's warranted skepticism about locking in further investment in assets tied to gas
1.1 billion people lack access to electricity 95% live in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of southern Asia, creating an increased demand for off-grid electricity that can be sourced in underdeveloped rural areas. Building microgrids in underdeveloped rural areas is the key to creating universal access to electricity and fulfilling global infrastructure.
I've seen firsthand the progress that BPA is making in the governance of their MCIT systems. I will watch with interest how the improved maturity can be scaled in time to operational telecommunications, protection and control e.g. IEC 61850 and cyber security.