Microgrids: The Green Way to Increase Resiliency and Reduce Energy Costs
A Clean-Energy Solution to Costly Power Outages
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that power outages cost the American economy $150 billion annually. This includes the cost of business disruptions and lost product, as well as emergency fuel and operations and maintenance services. There’s also an environmental cost in the form of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from diesel generators, which contribute to a company’s carbon footprint.
With the increase of extreme weather events and grid instability around the country, power outages are becoming a greater risk to private and public interests. It’s a particular concern in wildfire areas, such as in California, where public utilities proactively cut electricity as a precautionary measure during fire conditions. So how can a corporation, academic institution, or public entity protect itself from the impact of widening outages while limiting financial and environmental impact? The answer is a renewable microgrid. In this publication, we’ll explain what a microgrid is, how it works, and the benefits it brings to organizations like yours.
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