The New Big Thing In Energy: Microgrids
"Microgrids are small community networks that supply electricity and heat. They could make substantial savings, and emissions cuts with no major changes to lifestyles, researchers say.
...Microgrids are designed for a smallish community -- a typical UK housing estate for example. They deal much more efficiently with fluctuating power demands which the national grid is not flexible enough to cope with."
Thanks to Ashwani Vasishth