Voices of Experience: Microgrids for Resiliency

Eric Lightner, Jared Leader, Sonja Berdahl, Karlynn Cory, Jonathan Morgenstein, Paul Schwabe

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Modern attitudes around microgrids have evolved, from the idea that microgrids represent "grid defection" to perceiving them as a tool that utilities can use to solve challenges. One such challenge is improving resiliency. Faced with unpredictable, yet intensifying and dynamic weather and cyber risks, the value of resiliency is only growing for utility customers, regulators, and policymakers. Moreover, policymakers and regulators are increasingly asking utilities to accommodate the expansion and enhancement of such resiliency. The purpose of Voices of Experience: Microgrids for Resiliency is to guide discussions around this topic - everything from defining the many types of microgrids, to siting, ownership, control, and value streams. Utilities who participated in this project were generous with their time, insights, and examples of how they are using microgrids to solve one of their most urgent challenges: resiliency.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages50
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Also available from the Smart Electric Power Alliance: https://sepapower.org/resource/compendium-for-voices-of-experience-microgrids-for-resiliency-microgrid-controller-performance-specifications/

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BK-7A40-75909


  • economics of microgrids
  • microgrids
  • microgrids for resiliency
  • resiliency
  • siting a microgrid
  • utility
  • value of resiliency


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