Microgrids offer a means to keep vital services up and running during natural disasters or wide-scale outages. They comprise distributed generation from various power sources, energy storage, and smart electricity loads—designed to service vital activities even when the public grid is inactive.
For power utilities and private collectives that seek to reduce significant risk or financial loss from electricity disruption, microgrids are increasingly important as a shared energy alternative.
Consumers most interested in microgrids include industries, municipalities, campuses, and the military.
Standards, regulatory considerations, control strategies, and autonomous function are some considerations when developing microgrids.