The Smart Grid enables new business and operations models for the electricity supply chain. Microgrids offer great promise to embed new technologies in the distribution grid ranging from generation, energy storage, and intelligent consumption solutions.
Proponents of these technologies argue that they are capable of:
Improving overall reliability on both sides of the grid/microgrid junctures
Reducing operating costs
Expediting introduction of these technologies into the distribution grid – the weakest part of the supply chain in the developed world.
Offering cost effective and timely solutions to eliminate energy poverty – the lack of electricity - in the developing world.
Can one Smart Grid innovation have such broad applications? Our panel will explore the benefits of microgrids and the challenges to full realization of those benefits on a global basis.