Shape of the Microgrid

Shape of the Microgrid

TitleShape of the Microgrid
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsChris Marnay, F. Javier Rubio, Afzal S Siddiqui
Conference NamePower Engineering Society Winter Meeting, 2001, January 28-February 1, 2001
Conference LocationColumbus, OH
ISBN Number0-7803-6672-7
Accession Number7016975
Keywordsdispersed electricity sources, distribution networks, distribution utility, electric power generation, engineering, loads, low-voltage distribution system, microgrids, power system, power systems, research, semi-autonomous neighborhood, storage systems

The existence of a significant amount of electricity sources dispersed throughout the low-voltage distribution system could create a power system quite different to the one we are familiar with and creating it offers significant research and engineering challenges. Moreover, the electrical and economic relationships between customers and the distribution utility and among customers may take forms quite distinct from those we know today. For example, rather than devices being individually interconnected in parallel with the grid, they may be grouped with loads in a semi-autonomous neighborhood that could be termed a microgrid, a cluster of small (by the standards of current power systems, e.g. < 500 kW) sources, storage systems, and loads which presents itself to the grid as a legitimate single entity.