The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) today announced a merger agreement that is expected to help microgrids gain new advocacy clout as the industry positions for growth.

The two organizations announced their plans on the eve of a gathering in New York City of microgrid industry leaders, an event that is being organized by Microgrid Knowledge.

The merger folds MRC resources and technical and regulatory expertise into IDEA, a powerhouse advocacy organization with 2,100 members in 25 nations.  The pairing is expected to strengthen information exchange, policy and technical advancement for microgrids, which Navigant Research forecasts will grow into a $20 billion industry by 2020.

“Microgrids are a growing segment of the energy industry and integral to our work at IDEA,” said Rob Thornton, IDEA president and CEO.   “Today, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from remote central station power plants toward more localized, distributed generation for enhanced reliability, resiliency and energy efficiency, especially in cities, communities and campuses.”

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