Microgrids have the potential to play a key role in the transformation of an aging electric grid into a system that is reliable, resilient, and distributed. The U.S. Department of Energy has developed a vision in which microgrids are a core component of a transformed grid where 30-5-% of electricity generation comes from distributed sources (i.e. microgrids). But many states have yet to put in place policies that will encourage the widespread development & deployment of microgrids.
Widespread microgrid adoption remains constrained by outdated state policies that hinder their development.
A new report from Think Microgrids grades states using five criteria: deployment, regulation, resilience, market access, and equity. Only a few states currently even have a “B” grade, and too many reach only a “C” or “D” score. However, states can dramatically change their grade by taking action to reform outdated regulations, and develop policies that support market activity with incentives for innovative projects and ownership models.
Read the report here: Think Microgrid Scorecard 2023
VerdeWatts is working to change this picture by developing microgrids and minigrids for businesses and small communities. Our model incorporates renewables such as solar power generation, combined with energy storage for an extremely resilient localized grid that can be self-sufficient. Smart controls and automation further enhance the efficiency and help communities manage their energy costs effectively. Learn more.