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Microgrid stakeholders have launched a new coalition to support deployment of microgrids to help deliver greater grid resiliency, enhanced energy efficiency and other economic benefits.

Founding members of the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) include Princeton University, NRG Energy, ICETEC Energy, Concord Engineering and the International District Energy Association.

The MRC says its mission is to support accelerated microgrid deployment by improving the regulatory and market environment for existing and new microgrids. The MRC notes that it will advocate for formal regulatory reforms that recognize and appropriately value microgrids while assuring non-discriminatory access to the grid for a wide variety of microgrid configurations and business models.

"As customers increasingly seek energy resilience, savings and enhanced environmental performance, we see microgrid deployment really starting to take off," comments Steven Corneli, senior vice president for sustainability, policy and strategy at NRG Energy. "Microgrids of various forms will become key distributed components of a smarter, cleaner and much more energy efficient power system.

"Innovations in core microgrid technologies, like solar, cogeneration and control systems, are happening so fast that microgrids are outpacing existing regulatory frameworks and business models," he adds. "The MRC will work to ensure our market and other regulatory rules are updated to support microgrids and the new business models that are bringing their benefits to customers and communities."

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