Microgrids included in $1trn US infrastructure plan

The microgrid sector has been signalled out as a key technology to be developed for the future prosperity of US infrastructure.

US Senate Democrats included microgrids in the $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint that they proposed yesterday to create 15 million jobs over the next decade.

“I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, whichࢀ¦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, ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, during a news conference.
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Called Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, the Senate Democrat’s plan calls for $100 billion to modernize energy infrastructure.

It is estimated that up to $70bn is lost to the US economy each year due to power failures and the report highlighted a World Economic Forum indicator which showed the US was 24th in the world in terms of electricity reliability.

Rob Thornton, president & CEO of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), which includes the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) welcomed the report.

“IDEA is pleased that both the Senate and the Administration recognize the importance of investing in infrastructure to stimulate job growth and support key segments of the US economy, including critical energy infrastructure in cities, communities and campuses,” he said.

Thornton said that the technologies offer tremendous potential “to strengthen and modernize the grid while enhancing economic resiliency with more sustainable, secure energy services for customers.”

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