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2011 Vol.4
Introduction of Microgrids to Reduce the Risk of Losing Regional Electricity Supply

2011/10/01

With the passing of the renewable energy bill, renewable-energy-based electricity generation has become commercially viable and it seems that many companies will enter the business. At the same time, however, focus should be placed on the hedging of energy risks, and it is likely that its role will be emphasized as part of business continuity plans, especially by local governments.
This paper sheds light not only on the business aspect of microgrids, which are evolving into smart grids, but also on microgrids as regional infrastructure to be built during the reconstruction of regions devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This paper argues that the introduction of microgrids should be reexamined in the regions undertaking reconstruction as well as in many other regions as a tool for reducing energy risks.

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