Smart grid industry group forms to speak for microgrids

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA), a group initiated to provide a collective voice for companies and other stakeholders involved in microgrids, announced its formation today, along with its initial membership.

MGA will host two inaugural events in the coming weeks: a Microgrid Workshop at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response & Smart Grid in Washington, D.C on May 19, and a meeting of members and prospective members at the Microgrid Global Summit in Irvine, California on May 22.

The MGA was formed with the aim of bringing together parties that want to accelerate the growth and development of microgrids. Founding members include General MicroGrids, Landis+Gyr, Homer Energy, Alstom, Enbala, EarthSpark International, ESTA International, and Green Energy Corp.

"Through my company's work on microgrids, I have seen the need for coordination between those of us involved in this growing industry," said Terry Mohn, CEO of General MicroGrids and Chairman of the Microgrid Alliance. "The Microgrid Alliance fills this void by educating the public, advocating for policies that promote microgrids, and providing a venue for its members to share best practices."

"Although 'microgrid' has been somewhat of a buzzword in the energy sector for several years, it is really moving into the mainstream now," said Dan Delurey, Executive Director of the Microgrid Alliance. "The MGA is the only organization to bring together a broad group of companies working on microgrids to provide a collective voice for this sector."

MGA members represent the diversity within the microgrid community, and include grid technology companies, software and service companies, demand response providers, renewable energy and storage companies, building owners and operators, research organizations. Other stakeholder sectors will be encouraged to join.

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