Green Energy's decision to merge with Horizon Energy and its microgrid sister corporation is indicative of utilities' growing interest in creating smaller, more resilient networks and the gradual transition to cloud provisioning, writes industry commentator Jesse Berst. According to Berst, the evolution of microgrid-as-a-service will power a shift in the way organizations that use a lot of power -- such as hospitals, office parks and shopping centers -- acquire and utilize energy services and create a new area of opportunity for large providers.

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