Have you ever thought about all the nicknames, catchphrases and, in some cases, bizarre naming we lovingly apply to equipment, processes and technologies used in our industry? We love to use expressions rather than more technically accurate names. Heck, they are easier to remember and, in many cases, better describe how a device is applied than a more formal term ever would.
Take one of the latest technologies to be sweeping the industry: the microgrid.
What should the term be for "electricity distribution systems containing loads and distributed energy resources (such as distributed generators, storage devices or controllable loads) that can be operated in a controlled, coordinated way either while connected to the main power network or while islanded"? (CIGRE) For Contributing Editor Gene Wolf's take on the subject see "The Name Game."