Microgrids Offer Energy Security and Independence

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Microgrids Offer Energy Security and Independence

6/15/2015

 

"WGL was founded with the purpose of improving the quality of people's lives,” said Terry D. McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL, as the company announced significant changes in its approach to the market earlier this year. "As the range of energy options continues to become more and more complex, WGL will work to provide the right answers that make energy easy for our customers."

 
Recognizing that energy markets are growing increasingly complex, WGL is focused on being a company and community partner that is answer-oriented, technology and data-driven, as well as adaptable. WGL's portfolio – in addition to its long history of distributing natural gas – includes power, renewable energy platforms such as wind and solar, a growing investment in future innovations like resilient, reliable microgrid and distributed energy projects and investments in midstream natural gas pipeline assets.
 
What is a microgrid? Is there a microgrid in your future? Microgrids provide large commercial and industrial customers, as well as government agencies, with the ability to generate and manage power, along with the potential to significantly reduce their energy spend over the long term. Microgrids also connect the critical electrical load to the onsite generation to ensure continued operations of the facility and are essential to a successful Distributed Impact project.
 
Microgrids provide benefits that go beyond back-up power in an emergency.  They are alternative ways of generating, storing and using electricity. Sophisticated versions function as small-scale power systems that pull together different energy sources and can operate in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. Unlike diesel generators, which have long been used for off-grid emergency power, modern microgrids frequently integrate batteries with multiple sources of power, including solar panels, wind turbines and natural gas fuel cells. Microgrids also help reduce an organization’s energy spend by providing them with the flexibility to manage and control the amount of energy they consume from the main power grid, which can have a significant impact on their bottom line when demand charges and time-of-use pricing are high.
 
Energy security and independence, increased reliability, access to renewable energy and a reduced energy spend are all potential benefits of a microgrid. For help in determining if a microgrid can help you address your organization’s future energy needs, please contact John Dukes at john.dukes@wglenergy.com or (202) 841-5999.

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