Centralized power and constellations of microgrids will become the new power paradigm for a lot of good reasons. And you probably didn't hear that here first.
It's just plain obvious—the two elements are symbiotic and that notion of mutual dependency and support is a theme in biology because it's an effective strategy for survival. If a utility's system is over-loaded, a microgrid can cut its dependency on the centralized grid, reducing load—relieving the grid—while still serving its own vital needs.
read the full story: Central and distributed power: symbiotic? | by Phil Carson at Intelligent Utility