Microgrids may play a larger role in the future of U.S. infrastructure thanks to a new investment plan.
Defined as small, independently functioning electricity grids that can be connected to larger systems, microgrids were included in a $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint proposed by U.S. Senate Democrats, according to Decentralized-Energy.com.
Microgrids were seen by the proponents of the blueprint as ways to help the U.S. save energy and power costs, according to the source. Estimates show that up to $70 billion is lost each year as a result of power failures.
“I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, which…will help save consumers money, grow our economy and create jobs. We are talking about things like transmission lines, grid modernization, grid storage, microgrid investments and the all-important cybersecurity investments,” said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in a news conference, Decentralized-Energy.com reported.
The infrastructure plan is intended to create 15 million jobs, according to Microgrid Knowledge. It also aims to simplify the tax regulations surrounding electricity and alternative energy, which the senators in support of the plan cited as a barrier to energy efficiency and cost-saving.