Making Microgrids Work

Benjamin Kroposki, Robert Lasseter, Toshifumi Ise, Satoshi Morozumi, Stavros Papathanassiou, Nikos Hatziargyriou

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Distributed energy resources (DER), such as distributed generation (DG) and distributed storage (DS), which are sources of energy located near local loads, should be properly operated in the electrical distribution system to make it able to offer several advantages, including improved reliability. Microgrids, systems that have at least one distributed energy resources and associated loads, can be made to work properly by opening an upstream switch and making distributed energy resource (DER) able to carry the load on islanded section. This involves maintenance of suitable voltage and frequency levels for all islanded loads. Power flow analysis of island scenarios should be carried out for ensuring that proper voltage regulation is maintained and to prove that the DER can handle inrush during 'starting' of the island. Microgrids can also benefit local utilities by offering dispatchable load to be used during peak power conditions.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number4505826
Pages (from-to)40-53
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Power and Energy Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-581-43466


  • distributed energy resources
  • distributed generation
  • microgrid technologies


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