New England Suffers Storm-Related Blackouts...Need for Microgrids Clearer than Ever

This recent article by our friends at Microgrid Knowledge calls for distributed generation as a means to keep the lights on during extreme weather events like this past week’s storms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts where nearly 150,000 lost power, some for as many as four days.

We see the same trend picking up speed in Ontario where we are currently working with dozens of businesses to develop and design microturbine CHP systems capable of standalone power generation when the grid goes down.

Back in the U.S., the Clean Power Plan, recently announced by the Obama Administration, seeks to accelerate deployment of microgrids because distributed generation can not only enhance resiliency, it can also result in decreased emissions because of microgrids’ higher energy efficiency and incorporation of renewable energy.

It’s hard to argue with the benefits of localized, hardened energy infrastructure.  Increasingly, utilities are recognizing that microgrids can be part of their network rather than competition.  This is a welcome and necessary change; we hope it continues and becomes policy for more utilities.

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