Podcast: What Microgrids Need From Policymakers Now

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What do microgrid developers need from policymakers now? Rob Thornton, president and CEO of IDEA, explains in this podcast how Hurricane Sandy made microgrids “cool.” But regulations and policy still stand in the way of realizing the many benefits of microgrids, which can provide reliable power, especially during

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Rob Thornton – IDEA

storms like Sandy. Mayors, CEOs, schools and universities are beginning to see the advantages of microgrids, he says. Developers should be properly compensated for the important services they provide. And regulators need to understand that microgrids don’t pull loads off the grid; they work in conjunction with the grid.

IDEA — the International District Energy Association — is now in its 105th year.

For more information on microgrids check out our article series:  Think Microgrid: A Discussion Guide for Policymakers, Regulators and End Users. Or, you can download the full report, free of charge courtesy of the report’s underwriters: the International District Energy Association and Schneider Electric.

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