27 Feb '14, 2pm

Where microgrids stand in the battle for our energy future

Where microgrids stand in the battle for our energy future

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs. Technologists and policymakers discussed how energy innovation can disrupt the status quo in energy at this week's ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit , organized by the Department of Energy. When it comes to the electric grid, speakers said that energy users will play a pivotal role in bringing new technologies, such as microgrids, to market, because regulations are outdated and many utilities oppose the spread of distributed energy . “Microgrids are a microcosm of some of the fundamental challenges around innovation in the energy arena,” said Daniel Esty, the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “It’s not obvious that there...

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