How Microgrids Will Influence the Future of Electric Power

How Microgrids Will Influence the Future of Electric Power

Microgrids empower societies to change the landscape of electric utility into one that offers more flexibility and creates engagement.

The world continues to digitize all aspects of residential, commercial, and industrial life. What keeps critical and non-critical facilities alike running is electricity. Sure, electric power is nothing new. But, as cities, communities, and organizations rapidly embrace microgrids into their power systems, we can’t ignore some big changes coming this way. Microgrids aren’t just changing the game in power generation, distribution, and storage; Microgrids empower societies to change the landscape of electric utility into one that offers more flexibility and creates engagement.

Greater Availability and Resilience

Microgrids make possible a future of cleaner renewable energy and increased energy efficiency. Microgrid users can combine their self-generated power supply with that coming from their main power grid. As a result, electric power has never been more readily available to them. In conjunction, intelligent software can help organizations keep track of their energy generation, storage, and distribution. This reduces the likelihood of experiencing interruptions to your operations from insufficient electrical energy.

Peak Management Grows

Some operations experience frequent power demand fluctuations. Similarly, others may have their facility located in an area with high energy rates. With microgrids on their side, this distributed energy resource can help them cost-effectively support their operation quality while being energy-efficient. This is possible because your smart energy system can detect when electricity demand for your facility will spike, or even if the area is experiencing an outage. Then, your power system draws from your reserved electrical energy to supplement your operational performance.

Involvement of the Prosumer

In this future of decentralized electric power, microgrid prosumers will take the lead. The prosumers are consumers who engage in both the generation and consumption of energy produced by their microgrids. Energy providers and service providers will need to develop new strategies to involve prosumers. Therefore, as their community energy-sharers, the prosumers’ role is valued like an energy asset. Undoubtedly, prosumers give those in the private sector a greater voice to shape the energy landscape.

Evolved Role of Utilities

Whereas electrical utilities from the main power grid focused their services on operating and maintaining physical assets and equipment, this won’t be the case in a future of microgrids. Instead, we can expect their role to encompass services that enable microgrids from both the physical and digital perspective. Management of physical microgrids will certainly be more distributed to the prosumers, yet utility workers will still be expected to oversee the vast microgrids system. The difference is that the microgrids service their connected facility, and work in a network with other local microgrids for the entire community.

Get Ahead with EcoStruxure Microgrids

These types of changes are fast-approaching, if not already in action in communities near you. How will your organization adapt? If your organization is looking for greater control over your electric energy costs, better resiliency, and furthering your commitment to sustainable practices, check out EcoStruxure Microgrids. Schneider Electric’s energy-as-a-service approach can help your operations achieve better results.


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