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Microgrids,
Modernization, and
Rural Electrification
By Mohammad Shahidehpour
and Steve Pullins

T IS OUR PLEASURE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THIS SPECIAL
issue of IEEE Electrification Magazine on microgrids for
rural electrification. There are a total of nine articles (seven
features and two columns) included in this issue with a global perspective on microgrids, grid modernization, and rural electrification.
The "Technology Leaders" column, "Rural Off-Grid Electricity
Service in Sub-Saharan Africa," by Henry Louie, Elizabeth O'Grady,
Vincent Van Acker, Steve Szablya, Nirupama Prakash Kumar, and
Robin Podmore, presents two examples of microgrid installations in
Africa. The first one is the Ololailumtia Village microgrid in Kenya.
The village has a population of about 1,000 people and is home to
roughly 100 businesses. In general, the shops and households use
kerosene for their lighting, and a few businesses have small gasoline generators (1-3 kW), which they use to power appliances such
as refrigerators, blow dryers, televisions, and sound systems. Two
microgrids were installed in Ololailumtia in 2014 by PowerGen Renewable Energy-a Kenya-based company providing renewable energy services to residential, commercial, and community-based
The electricity itself
clients in addition to installing
and operating microgrids. The miis not a panacea for
crogrids in Ololailumtia connect
poverty, but it can be
30 customers in the community,
thoughtfully coupled
including several small businesses
with education, job
such as phone charging kiosks,
restaurants, hair salons, and gencreation, and
eral stores. The second case study
empowerment to
focuses on an energy kiosk that
achieve benefits
was installed in August 2014 in
beyond the light bulb.
Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Muhuru Bay
is located on the shores of Lake
Victoria, close to the Tanzanian
border. Although a few small shops in the business district of Muhuru Bay are connected to the national grid, the vast majority of
households are not. As in Ololailumtia, most people rely on

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Editor-in-Chief
Virginia Tech
Virginia, USA
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Editor, Electric Vehicles
North Carolina State
University
North Carolina, USA
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Eduard Muljadi
Coeditor, Electric Vehicles
NREL: Wind Research
Colorado, USA
eduard.muljadi@nrel.gov
Herb Ginn
Editor, Electric Ships
Universitiy of
South Carolina
South Carolina, USA
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Coeditor, Electric Ships
DRS Power and Control
Technologies
Wisconsin, USA
RobertMCuzner@drs.
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Fuente
Editor, Electric Trains
EPRail Research
and Consulting
Spain
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Directcion de Estrategia
y Desarrollo
Spain
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Bulent Sarlioglu
Editor, Electric Planes
University of
Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, USA
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Shahidehpour
Editor, Off-Grid
Illinois Institute
of Technology
Chicago, USA
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Horizon Energy Group
Tennessee, USA
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