Microgrids -- areas of independently-operating electrical grid that include power generation, smart electric devices, and/or energy storage -- have historically been confined to military bases and hospitals; In short, places that need the most reliable power. Now, microgrids are an increasingly viable option for grid users seeking lower prices, more renewables, and more choice than offered by their monopoly utility. However, decades-old grid rules make arranging mullti-customer microgrids a challenge.

Here you’ll find ILSR’s original research and perspective on microgrids.

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