Get Ready for Microgrids

When it comes to renewable energy, local power distribution may not be local enough

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As the world generates more and more clean energy, utilities need to rethink the way power is distributed. Smart grid solutions, particularly smart meters, have a key part to play. But there’s another concept for distributing energy smartly that is quietly gaining momentum—highly localized power systems known as microgrids. Analysts  predict that the worldwide power-generating capacity of microgrids could quadruple by 2015. In this, the third in a serious of shows about clean energy leading up to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, host Steven Cherry talks with Peter Asmus of Pike Research about what microgrids are and the key role they might play in our clean energy future.