Microgrids and Heterogeneous Security, Quality, Reliability, and Availability

TitleMicrogrids and Heterogeneous Security, Quality, Reliability, and Availability
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsChris Marnay
Conference Name2007 Power Conversion Conference, April 4, 2007
Date Published01/2007
Conference LocationNagoya, Japan
Keywordscogeneration, dispersed storage and generation, electricity markets and policy group, energy analysis and environmental impacts department, power quality, power system economics

This paper describes two stylized alternative visions in popular currency of how the power system might evolve to meet future requirements for the high quality electricity service that modern digital economies demand, a supergrids paradigm and a dispersed paradigm. Some of the economics of the dispersed vision are explored. Economic perspectives are presented on both the choice of homogeneous universal power quality upstream in the electricity supply, and also on the extremely heterogeneous requirements of end-use loads. Finally, the potential role of microgrids in delivering heterogeneous power quality is demonstrated by reference to two ongoing microgrid tests in the U.S. and Japan.

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