Become a Member

Benefits of Membership

Across the country, increasing numbers of Microgrids are being installed and the MRC is working to support all involved.  With the goal of moving regulators and markets to recognize and better compensate Microgrids, as well as remove the barriers to their implementation and optimal operation, the MRC’s activities benefit the entire Microgrid community.  From owners and operators to developers, suppliers and investors the MRC offers many benefits:      

  • Resource recognition – Member’s Microgrids create a more secure and resilient power system, the MRC works to ensure that Microgrids are recognized as formal grid resources.

  • Compensation for services – Member’s Microgrids provide a host of services that support grid operations that currently go uncompensated, ensuring fair compensation for grid services provided by Microgrid Resources is the primary focus of the MRC.

  • Sharing our stories – Member accomplishments are highlighted in educating the public about the benefits of Microgrids.

  • Sharing and developing best practices – Members have a uniquely focused platform to advance the art of the Microgrid.

  • Building a community – the MRC offers Members leadership opportunities in a growing community among those who own, operate, supply, develop and finance Microgrids.

Microgrid Owners and Operators: Increased Market Revenue – the MRC offers owners and operators of Microgrids the opportunity for more market revenue. Microgrids provide a host of grid services to the public that currently go uncompensated. Amending tariffs will create new and increased market payments for the owners and operators of Microgrids.

Microgrid Developers, Suppliers and Investors: More Microgrid Development Projects – improving market revenue creates better conditions for the development and finance of new Microgrids.  Additionally, removing regulatory barriers and incenting the development of new Microgrids will benefit developers, suppliers and investors.    

Members have multiple avenues for participation in the MRC:

  • Steering Committee / Board Participation – a diverse group of organizations govern the activities of the MRC.  Members have the opportunity to significantly impact the integration of Microgrids in our power systems through oversight of MRC activities.

  • Working Group Participation – the Working Groups are the guts of the MRC.  Focused on a specific Microgrid services (e.g. Capacity, Congestion Mitigation, Simultaneous Service Provision and Transmission Alternatives, etc.), each Working Group seeks to engage the spectrum of stakeholders needed to improve market conditions.  For instance, the Capacity Working Group engages State PUCs, FERC, RTO/ISO Working Groups and others to gain recognition and compensation for the capacity offered by Microgrids.   

  • Initiative Participation – MRC Initiatives are directed at addressing the general issues raised by Microgrids as opposed to the specific service-by-service focus of the Working Groups.  For instance, the Education Initiative focuses on developing communications materials to educate the public and stakeholders on the benefits of Microgrids.  Further, the Microgrid Business Model Initiative examines the evolving roles of power sector entities as Microgrids regionally create more dynamic grid balancing capabilities.   

  • Leading by Example – With Microgrids in emergence, good Microgrid operation, market participation and community support by MRC Members is essential to improving the regulatory treatment of Microgrids.

Steps to MRC Membership

  1. Contact Christopher Berendt or Baird Brown of the MRC Secretariat for an overview of operational structure and dues.
  2. Receive and review the MRC Bylaws and Antitrust Guidelines.
  3. Complete and submit to Christopher Berendt or Baird Brown of the MRC Secretariat  the MRC Membership Application.
  4. The MRC Steering Committee may request more information from the applicant. 
  5. The MRC Steering Committee approves or denies the application for membership.