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Microgrids eyed as new way to deliver macro impact

By Aidan Chamandy      

Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.

Microgrids—small-scale energy grids that can work independently or with larger power networks—can incorporate renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

On Aug. 14, 2003, the lights went out across much of Ontario and several northeastern states. The Milky Way, normally only visible in more remote communities, could be seen from downtown Toronto, as light pollution was no longer obscuring the solar system. Some 10 million Ontarians were affected, while nearly 50 million Americans were left in the dark.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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