Microgrids, dating back to Edison's 1882 Pearl Street Station, offer enhanced resiliency and renewable integration. District energy systems, established in the 19th century, remain vital, emitting fewer emissions. While US systems rely on fossil fuels, geothermal dominates in places like Iceland. Long-duration thermal storage enhances flexibility, especially in handling intermittent assets. A case study at Creighton University exemplifies microdistrict adaptability. The future of urban development hinges on synergizing microgrids, district heating, and renewables for resilience and self-sufficiency.
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