The U.S. Energy Department estimated that there were more than 450 operational microgrids in the United States in 2022. The California Public Utilities Commission, for one, recently approved a $200 million program to bring community microgrids to disadvantaged and tribal communities that are vulnerable to power outages. If the local power grid is stressed and the utility believes a power outage is necessary, residents here will be able to keep their lights on. A VPP comprises a group of small-scale power producers that are aggregated to help alleviate grid load and stem power outages. “Every time my storm warning alarm goes off on my phone,” Mr. Moulder said, “it’s nice to know that you will still have power.”The post Microgrids Are Giving Power to the People appeared first on New York Times.