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6 Questions to Ask Before Building Your Microgrid

There are so many questions to ask before building your microgrid. There are plenty of experienced consultants and vendors who are happy to speak with you, and you should interview them. Yet, wouldn't it be great to sit in a room with other energy customers who have gone through the process of building a microgrid so you could speak freely and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers and the Management of Distributed Energy Resources

This white paper from EPRI  provides an in depth analysis of  the relationship of microgrid controller with Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) and Utility Distributed Management System (DMS). Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have … [Read more...]

Importance of a Distribution Management System (DMS) in Grid Modernization

Argonne National Laboratory - Energy Division, just released a white paper on the importance of a distribution management system (DMS) as part of the advanced distribution management systems for grid modernization. Grid modernization is transforming the operation and management of electric distribution systems from manual, paper-driven business … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controller Symposium

The Microgrid Controller Symposium will bring together microgrid controller developers, energy infrastructure decision makers, utility representatives, as well as state and national energy leaders. The goal is to introduce the latest developments in microgrid controller technology and standards, demonstrate functionality of existing microgrid … [Read more...]

Look Inside the Oncor Microgrid

We first reviewed the Oncor microgrid back in April. This three minute video takes you inside the Oncor microgrid.  Host David Chiesa, of S&C Electric, describes its state-of-the-art workings and how utilities like Oncor are using microgrids to keep the lights on during natural … [Read more...]

4 Technologies for More Sustainable, Reliable, Economical Energy

Imagine a world where green, renewable sources are supplying most or all of the energy needed for every purpose: lighting, heating, processes, and transportation. Imagine that energy consumers are able to proactively choose which energy source they want to consume. Imagine an electricity supply that is completely reliable. Imagine a typical … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Utility Integrate Renewable Resources into the Grid

A case study on how an innovative utility is leveraging microgrid technology to improve service and reliability. Oncor operates the largest regulated distribution and transmission system in Texas and the sixth largest in the United States. Today, more than 10 million customers across Texas depend on Oncor for power. The Challenge: Determined to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Energy Storage Case Study

Microgrid energy storage systems are already serving as a vital component of smart microgrid projects. Here is a case study on how one community microgrid system is making a difference on a daily basis. In Presidio, Texas—one of the oldest cities in the state—frequent electrical storms have a major impact on power reliability. Residents rely on … [Read more...]

Benefits Energy Storage Brings to Smart Microgrids

Smart microgrids are able to integrate renewable resources and allow for customer participation in the electrical grid through local power generation. Energy storage plays a critical role is a smart microgrids. Energy storage helps facilitate the use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Study: Illinois Institute of Technology

In this microgrid case study we look at how the Illinois Institute of Technology increased power reliability and saved millions in electrical system upgrades by installing a smart microgrid. Background The Main Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago was experiencing one to three major outages per year, each costing an … [Read more...]