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Infographic: 5 Years Into the Microgrid Future

Microgrid deployments, which can alleviate strain on the power supply during disasters, are poised for growth, says report.

A smarter electric infrastructure is being imagined for the nation. One key technology supporting a smarter electric grid is the microgrid, which is a localized version of the electric grid which can detach from primary electric systems. Microgrids provide facilities with the ability to sustain energy independent of the larger electrical grid. According to the report “Power Systems of the Future: Making the Case for Energy Storage, Distributed Generation and Microgrids,” microgrid deployments will grow in the next five years. The report discusses the benefits of microgrids, industries where deployments are poised for growth, as well as major factors that contribute to the development of a smart grid.

Conducted in November by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and research firm Zpryme, the study surveyed nearly 500 smart grid executives on energy storage, distributed generations and microgrids. The full report can be downloaded here (registration required). Here are some of the report’s highlights.

 

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Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.
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