||This White Paper, by the IEC MSB (Market Strategy Board), considers preparation for and recovery from major electricity outages, with a focus on customer-side measures. It examines how disaster preparedness and postdisaster recovery may benefit from standards and the design of plans for coordinated activity. It shows that microgrids are a solution to many of the issues identified in the disaster review. By relying on a variety of generators, a microgrid system avoids many of the single-point-of failure issues of the traditional electricity grid. Key suggestions encourage the operation of microgrids and the implementation of standards to assist disaster relief planning. This White Paper has been prepared by the microgrid disaster preparedness and recovery project team, in the IEC MSB. The project team included representatives from research institutions (AIST, CEPRI, CSIRO, NEDO), electronic manufacturers and semiconductor facilities (Mitsubishi, Panasonic), electrical equipment manufacturers (ABB, Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali, Eaton, Haier, NTT Facilities, Siemens), and standardization agencies (IEC, UL), with a major contribution from Dr. Glenn Platt, CSIRO, Australia and Dr. Hirohisa Aki, AIST, Japan.
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