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The Illinois Institute of Technology’s microgrid power system was the first of its kind in the United States. Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at IIT and a specialist in creating and managing power systems, tells us about microgrid benefits that could change the lives of millions of people across the globe struggling without access to electricity.