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A New Grid Architecture for Optimizing Resiliency

May 31, 2022
Microgrids are the key to achieving resiliency while optimizing for customer needs, economic value, and expeditious project development. A holistic regulatory approach to grid design and resource participation will encourage more microgrid development and resiliency enhancements.

Grid resiliency has never been more topical than it is now. Extreme weather, supply constraints, cyberattacks-attacks on critical infrastructure and broad electrification are creating greater risks for modern society as it increasingly relies on the grid for its energy needs. Forward-thinking policy makers must consider a new grid architecture to achieve greater resiliency against multiple threat vectors. As the list of critical customers and community services relying on electric service expands, policies that support microgrids can work in tandem with the existing regulatory framework for electric utilities to cost effectively deliver high levels of resiliency.