Integrating High Levels of Renewables into Microgrids:

Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

Overall North American microgrid capacity is expected to more than double in the next five years. At the same time, microgrid applications are becoming more diverse, reflecting the needs of a growing number of owners and operators. Reliability, resiliency, fuel cost issues and renewables integration are some of the issues driving microgrid proliferation. But in this developing market, substantial technical and economic issues remain. Addressing them is essential for any would-be microgrid developer. ABB explores the trends and implications.