New DOE Microgrid Database to Help Build Resiliency, Cut Energy Costs
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new, interactive tool that contains a comprehensive listing of microgrid installations across the United States. The Microgrid Installation Database on the Better Buildings Solution Center lists the nation’s 461 operational microgrids that provide a total of 3.1 gigawatts of reliable electricity.
A microgrid is a network of distributed energy resources and loads that can disconnect and re-connect to the larger utility grid, allowing the connected loads to continue to be served during utility outages. Microgrids can also be found in remote locations where they may not be connected to a larger utility grid.
Microgrids can help critical facilities be more energy independent, cut energy costs, and improve resilience by providing a backup resource for operations in the event of a utility-grid outage. In today’s world of increasingly digitized operations, microgrids can help manufacturers and industrial facilities by ensuring the delivery of reliable and high-quality electricity needed to sustain operations.
The new database presents information in a tabular format so users can filter and sort data. Each state has its own table of microgrid systems including site name, location, end-user application, generation capacity, storage capacity, operating year, and technologies. The site features:
- An interactive map of microgrid installations across the U.S.
- The ability to filter and search for sites by technology, end-user application, generation and storage capacity, and operating year
- Downloadable data files
The new Microgrid Installation Database is updated monthly. The database is co-located with the complementary Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database, which captures the nation’s CHP installations.