Texas Municipal Utility Districts and the Value of Adding Microgrids to their Operations

April 19, 2023

Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) are special districts created by the state of Texas to provide essential services, such as water and wastewater treatment. MUDs are typically governed by a board of directors, elected by the residents of the district.

Adding microgrids to a MUDs operation can provide several benefits, including:

Increased reliability: Microgrids can provide backup power during outages, reducing the impact of power interruptions on MUD operations and even customers.

Enhanced resiliency: Microgrids can be designed to operate independently of the larger grid during emergencies or other events that disrupt the power supply, ensuring that critical infrastructure remains operational.

Future ready:  As innovative technology becomes available the microgrid acts as a platform to leverage efficiency improving opportunities for the MUD.

Environmental sustainability: Microgrids can incorporate renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, reducing the MUD’s carbon footprint and promoting environmental sustainability.

Overall, adding a microgrid to a MUDs service territory can provide significant benefits in terms of reliability, efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability. The design of the microgrid and how it is paid for is critical to this decision and it should be based on a careful cost-benefit analysis. If you would like to explore these options, contact Acclaim Energy to understand how we can be of help regarding these newly emerging opportunities.