The concept of microgrids is simple. Designing a microgrid to meet a variety of potential goals and to deliver power during emergencies is more complicated. Based on Pecan Street’s analysis of the high-resolution data from our research network, this paper examines how high-frequency circuit-level electricity data produced by Pecan Street’s residential energy network can help microgrid designers:

  • Mitigate unpredictable demand curves and ensure batteries / inverters can withstand load variations;
  • Develop demand-side management capable of coordinating and flexing loads to maximize power capacity or minimize emissions;
  • Prevent low power factor from becoming disruptive; and
  • Predict potential load pickup from thermostatic loads based on grid downtime and outside air temperature.

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