By Paul Dvorak From ABB
The idea of a small, self-sustaining power system is hardly new. Microgrids have been around for decades, and in a sense, the power industry itself began with a collection of microgrids serving urban areas more than a century ago. In recent years, however, a confluence of factors has made them a hot topic of debate for utilities. The question is: is the increasing proliferation of microgrids something the industry should fear or embrace? Either way, there is no doubt that microgrids are on the rise.
A recent Navigant Research report identified over 400 microgrid projects currently under development globally. The
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