“‘This is really a first step in the direction we want to take for larger scale installations,’ he added. He imagines expanding what he’s created here to cover whole neighborhoods, and then linking those microgrids to create a flexible network.
“Microgrids are going up from Alaska to New York. But Reed’s vision to lace several together is new, said Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, a web site devoted to the technology.
“‘That’s the cutting edge,’ Wood said. Compared to other cities experimenting with the technology, she added, ‘Pittsburgh is more advanced in its vision.'”