Legislation

Long Title: To require the Secretary of Energy to develop an implementation strategy to promote the development of hybrid micro-grid systems for isolated communities

Sponsors: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

THOMAS: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1227?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s+1227%22%5D%7D

To require the Secretary of Energy to develop an implementation strategy to promote the development of hybrid micro-grid systems for isolated communities

S. 1227 promotes hybrid micro-grid technologies, including renewable resources, for isolated communities with limited electricity options.

Background

Many of America’s remote communities, particularly in Alaska and the U.S. territories, are not connected to a larger electric grid. Hybrid micro-grid technologies have the potential to facilitate better reliability, lower the cost of electricity, and lessen these isolated communities’ dependence on conventional generation sources like diesel.

Key Provisions

  • Requires the Secretary of Energy to develop an implementation strategy to promote the development of hybrid micro-grid system technology for isolated communities.
  • Seeks to leverage local capacity and knowledge in developing a system.
  • Authorizes establishment of future targets for the economic displacement of conventional generation used in hybrid micro-grid systems.