Check the Stack: An Enabling Framework for Resilient Microgrids

Jeffrey Cook, Erin Nobler, Christina Volpi

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Highly destructive natural disasters have illustrated the fragility of critical infrastructure including emergency services, healthcare, and water treatment during long-term electricity outages. One pathway to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure amidst disruptions to grid systems is developing microgrids, particularly those that incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage. This document defines a resilient microgrid as a set of interconnected load that includes critical infrastructure and distributed energy resources with the ability to island from the grid during an outage. Research is limited with respect to how much critical infrastructure could benefit from microgrids, how many states have pursued this prioritization approach, and what policies need to be in place to support more widespread deployment. This report explores each of these questions to offer the industry and policymakers a clearer understanding of the opportunity for resilient microgrids and how policy can be designed to support this market.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-71594


  • microgrids
  • solar DAT


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