Why Microgrids Are Inevitable
And why smart utilities should plan accordingly
The fledgling electric utility companies that emerged after Thomas Edison opened his small Pearl Street, New York City, NY, power station in 1882 originally focused on distributed energy generation (DEG) operating within a microgrid. Edison envisioned that the electric utility industry would involve small firms generating direct current (DC) power for individual businesses in microgrids. By 1886, Edison’s firm had installed 58 DC microgrids and some 500 isolated lighting plants in the United States, Russia, Chile, and Australia.