Alaskan Advanced Microgrid Landscape
As the United States looks to increase its grid resilience and reliability, Alaska may provide a model for the rest of the United States to follow. This report identifies 53 advanced microgrids with 744 MW of total capacity. The report breaks down these microgrids by resource type and end user, exploring the policy and economic drivers that have shaped today’s Alaskan microgrid market.
Advanced Alaskan Microgrids by Capacity
Alaska on average has larger capacity microgrids compared with the rest of the U.S., as the majority of microgrids in Alaska serve islands and remote communities, meaning the microgrids must be sized for peak demand rather than critical load. It is expected that Alaska will continue to integrate renewable energy into remote microgrids to lower electricity rates and geothermal is beginning to appear as a viable energy source for Alaskan communities.