Microscope on the Microgrid: Why microgrids alone are not the panacea to grid resiliency

After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico leaving months of electricity blackouts across the country in its wake, microgrids were thrust into the spotlight as a potential solution to add resiliency to the electric grid, given their capability to fully disconnect from the grid and operate independently, if needed. Microgrids received similar attention—and federal funding—back in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy cut off electricity to much of the northeast U.S.

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