As our energy needs evolve, state leaders are looking towards new revolutionary to better control the energy grid and save power. Recently, Montgomery County, Maryland, decided to combine two new efforts into an aggressive implantation of constructing two microgrids to fuel electric vehicle charging stations at government buildings.
Microgrids are rapidly developing throughout many communities as more reliable and cost-effective versions of the traditional energy grid. Some corporations and even large cities are also switching to microgrids to cut down on exorbitant energy costs or to allow for the distribution of renewable energy.
But what are microgrids, and can they reduce power outages for communities?
A microgrid is an electric grid that operates locally, which allows it to disconnect and operate independently from the traditional grid. This ability to disconnect is particularly important in the event of storms or power outages –while the traditional grid can’t isolate the inoperable area from other areas on the grid, resulting in massive outages, a microgrid, on the other hand, is able to keep an outage from affecting its local area, and keeps an outage from spreading to an unaffected area.
Communities also value microgrids for their cost-efficiency. Unlike a traditional grid, communities and companies can control the amount of electricity used during peak hours when costs are highest, thereby allowing for greater efficiency.
With the rise of microgrids among small communities to businesses and larger towns and cities, the microgrid may be the answer to limiting expenses due to blackouts and high electricity costs.
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