Dr. Alexandra von Meier, California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Energy efficiency and more granular prioritization of loads are increasingly important tools to ensure public health and safety during emergencies. The ability to sectionalize distribution circuits in a flexible manner — in conjunction with local solar generation, storage, and highly controllable loads — will also support the operation of ad-hoc microgrids for resilience. Such investment in agile distribution systems should be considered complementary, not alternative, to investment in the bulk grid. A key issue for policymakers to address is the legality of multi-customer microgrids, and the design of appropriate tariffs.