Microgrids are one tool in the energy toolbox to combat the threat of natural disasters

SMART ENERGY INTERNATIONAL | Jared Leader, manager of Industry Strategy at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), speaks about their latest research and the role of microgrids in increasing grid resilience.

The stats don’t lie; natural disasters are on the rise and their severity is increasing. In 2019, the United States experienced 14 natural disasters, each causing damages of over $1 billion. These disasters included severe weather events, hailstorms, wildfires, flooding, tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes and earthquakes, all of which can threaten the reliability and stability of the electric power system.

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