Microgrids – large-ish collections of buildings that can power themselves for at least a while independently of the main power grid – are seen as one of the ways that the electric system can cope with the new reality of renewables and distributed energy. New Hampshire, which isn’t exactly at the forefront when it comes to energy, is probably going to study how and whether to implement them in our state. I have a story in today’s Monitor – right here.
California set up several of these a few years ago and is starting to see the benefits and drawbacks, reports Greentech Media. A big monetary advantage: trimming peak costs.