About Microgrids

A Microgrid is:

A local electrical system that combines retail load and distributed generation. A microgrid may include integrated management of thermal and electrical load, thermal and electrical storage or a “smart” interface with the grid. It can operate in parallel or in isolation from the grid.  When operating in parallel, it can provide services to the grid.

Microgrids are the future

Integrated management provides efficiency by reducing costs and emissions. A microgrids power to isolate provides resiliency and the power to conduct flexible parallel operations permits delivery of services that make the grid more competitive. In addition, multiple integrated microgrids can result in a self-healing grid.


MRC Counsel Baird Brown and MRC members were interviewed about the Microgrid Resources Coalition and microgrid basics at the 2016 IDEA Campus Energy Conference.  Their interviews can be found online here and here.

As an example of a successful microgrid, see the video Princeton's Cogeneration Plant Provides Power During Hurricane  here.  Operators of Princeton's Cogeneration Plant explain how they responded to the University's power needs during Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, see the Pew Charitable Trusts video, How Microgrids Improve Resiliency in Power Outages
here. This video highlights Hoboken's planned microgrid designed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Labs, explaining how microgrids work. It also illustrates how Hoboken's proposed public-private partnership could serve as a model for other cities.

At the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts analyzed and assessed three core aspects of this complex issue: regulatory changes, the need for an effective and functional utility business model, and market structures.  To view podcasts of the University of San Diego Law School 2014 Climate and Energy Law Symposium, click
here.  Once the page opens, click "View in iTunes".  When the next page loads, mouse over the number of the podcast you wish to view; it will change to a "play" button.  Click the button to view the podcast.  Note: These podcasts are hosted on iTunes University.  You will need to have iTunes open on your device before opening the podcasts.  If you do not have iTunes, you can download it here.

Member Articles and Presentations

Two articles by Ted Borer and Paul Barter appeared in the June 8, 2015 edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.  To read Case Study: Microgrid at Princeton University, click here.  To read Implementing Microgrids: Controlling Campus, Community Power Generation, click here.

To read Ted Borer's article in How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids, click here.  This article appeared in the May 23, 2015 edition of Microgrid Knowledge.

Tom Nyquist participated in a panel discussion, Nested Microgrids: Distributed Systems for Local Resilience, at the PJM Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 20, 2015.  A summary of the discussion is available in Microgrids Take Center Stage at PJM Annual Meeting.

To read Ted Borer's article, Microgrids Add Reliability to the Macro-grid, click
here.  This article appeared in the May 13, 2015 edition of Microgrid Knowledge.

To view Baird Brown's PowerPoint presentation, Implementing Microgrids: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love utility regulation,  click
here.  This presentation was made at IDEA's 28th Annual Campus Energy Conference on February 10, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.