“New transmission lines are often needed when the transmission capacity serving a region becomes ‘congested’ – so fully utilized that it cannot sufficiently or economically serve load…[non-transmission alternatives] face fewer obstacles than new transmission lines, such as the potential for lower costs or shorter implementation timeframes.”
Reliable, affordable energy is the backbone of a thriving community. As communities grow, energy needs increase. This demand creates costly “load pockets” — areas where the existing transmission infrastructure cannot meet community demand. Community microgrids are designed to eliminate costly load pockets, helping local families and businesses prosper.
Community microgrids are also referred to as “non-transmission alternatives” because they minimize the need for costly investments in overhead transmission lines. Instead, microgrids provide a real-time interface with the surrounding macrogrid, helping communities achieve further cost savings by producing and selling energy to the macrogrid on a business basis.
With a community microgrid, regional growth is no longer hindered by costly load pockets. Entire communities can achieve a higher quality of life for residents, while creating an economic climate that attracts and retains business.