The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held the Microgrid Workshop on August 30-31, 2011, in San Diego, California. The purpose of the workshop was to convene experts and practitioners to assist the DOE in identifying and prioritizing research and development (R&D) areas in the field of microgrids. The targets of the OE microgrid initiative are to develop commercial scale microgrid systems capable of reducing outage time of required loads by >98% while reducing emissions by >20% and improving system energy efficiencies by >20%, by 2020.

Find out about the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge which runs until August 29, 2014. For more information about how OE supports activities to improve microgrid functionality and operations, including development and improvement of key microgrid components, visit the Microgrids page.