The combination of increasingly cost-effective distributed generation, environmental motivations and the 24/7 digital economy has given rise to the deployment of microgrids.
These small clusters of energy assets and loads can be controlled to achieve a variety of benefits for the operator. The result is increased reliability during grid system disturbances such as storm outages.
PJM works with industry partners, universities and states to better understand how microgrids operate, how they can impact the grid in a positive way and how they can access wholesale market services.
One such initiative is in PJM’s backyard at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where Alstom, The Pennsylvania State University and other partners have created the Microgrid Center of Excellence. The center seeks to improve microgrid control technology to improve grid resiliency, security, reliability and efficiency while incorporating renewables and other distributed energy resources.