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More evidence of Hawaii's widespread grid influence. 

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 25, 2021

"Unlike diesel-powered backup generators many business rely on, a microgrid is always connected to the larger power grid, and it can separate itself when it needs to."

But like diesel-powered backup generators, most microgrids are powered by diesel-powered backup generators:

"Behind most reliable microgrids remains a tried and proven technology – a diesel generator capable of providing electricity when renewables can't meet demand."

Whether powering a microgrid with a diesel generator is more efficient than powering the multiple end-users it serves individually is questionable. Worse, encouraging individuals and companies to generate their own power makes lowering carbon emissions en masse impossible - a box that once opened, could never be closed.

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