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A Framework for the Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of Microgrids

Sources:

United States Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

McGill University

Hydro Quebec

University of California

Berkeley

Authors:

G Young Morris

Chad Abbey

Geza Joos

Chris Marnay

Date:

1 September 2011

This paper proposes a methodology for systematizing and representing benefits of microgrids. The proposed methodology is used to determine the economic feasibility of a microgrid and distributed generation installed on a typical Canadian rural distribution system model. The study attempts to minimize the cost of energy served to the community, considering the fixed costs associated with microgrids and distributed generation, and it suggests that benefits accrue to a variety of stakeholder groups.