The latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast featured Peter Asmus, Research Director at Guidehouse Insights. Peter has spent many years researching, analyzing, and promoting the future of the grid. In this feature interview, Peter focused on the power that microgrids have to transform the utility business and how the power providers that adapt to the availability of the technology today will be the ones that best set themselves up for the future of the energy sector.
In recent years, utility leaders have been pushing forward the value that can come from utilizing microgrids as a component of the established modern grid system. With an eye towards increased reliability, clean energy, and consumer empowerment, microgrids have become one of the hottest topics in utility spheres today, with Peter adding:
The traditional solution for resiliency has been diesel generators. If you go to military bases, that's always been their first response. Hospitals are actually mandated by federal regulation to have diesel generators, but what's happening now is with climate change becoming more evident, we are having hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms at different times of the year. The weather is just becoming more variable. They're having more outages. They can't just keep their diesel generators and buy renewable offsets to offset that. They want to see less risk. So, a lot of those data centers, for example, are going with fuel cells as an incremental step forward. Fuel cells can be part of a microgrid. And we're seeing much more emphasis on clean energy microgrids, particularly here in California where actually the state government will not pay any money towards a fossil fuel generator installed in a microgrid.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Special Edition: Microgrids, From Utility Challenger To Asset With Peter Asmus from Guidehouse [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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