There was a new wave of commitment to microgrids since Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast of the United States. Microgrid iniatives are already underway or being discussed in states like Connecticut, which is providing $15 million in grants.
The twist is that some customers might choose to build microgrids without installing any energy storage capacity.
Bad move, says the advanced battery industry. If microgrids depend on conventional backup power systems, we might run into some big problems.
Conventional backup generators will be less reliable due to lack of maintenance and will be slower to react to emergencies. Batteries on the other hand, not only outperform backup power systems in these areas, but also seek to incorporate renewable energy sources that is cleaner.
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