Microgrid Knowledge – Mission clean, firm power: How firm renewables and microgrids are a critical component to a clean energy future

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president and general manager of Federal Solutions at Ameresco, explains how firm renewables and microgrids can provide a critical component to a clean energy future.

As we work to meet 2050 climate goals, the electrification of everything from our cars to the way we heat our homes and businesses is driving increased demand for clean, reliable electricity. Much of the focus to date has been on developing wind and solar generation, but both of those energy sources are inherently intermittent, therefore, not continuously available.

So how do we create a clean, resilient electric grid that can meet demand 24 hours a day and still reduce carbon emissions? We need to start by diversifying our energy portfolio so that it includes both intermittent and firm renewable energy resources.

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