Distributed Energy Resources: Breaking Down Barriers

Distributed energy resources (DER) are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as renewable energy and energy storage resources, located near customer load. In recent years, DERs have made great strides due to market reforms, advanced technologies, and declining costs. Despite these advances, DERs serve less than 1% of electricity load … [Read more...]

Sustainable Energy Schneider Electric

As the global energy landscape continues to evolve, campuses, institutions, businesses, and municipalities are beginning to use new sustainable energy technologies to take direct control of energy sustainability, reliability, and cost. Local microgrids are being formed by dynamically managing a variety of distributed sustainable energy resources, … [Read more...]

Energy Storage in Smart Microgrids

As discussion around development of a smart grid has steadily increased, so too has talk about smart microgrids. A critical ingredient for smart microgrids is energy storage. Energy storage can play a major role in facilitating use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and reliability within the … [Read more...]

Energy Modernization through Microgrids

The utility industry is in the midst of energy modernization efforts that ramped up in large part following the Northeast Blackout of 2003. The massive blackout, a wake up call to utilities and consumers alike, compounded the concerns about climate change, the burgeoning population and scarcity of natural resources. The blackout spurred the … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have primarily focused on the behaviors of individual DER units and open communication protocols over the field networks that connect directly to these devices. To better integrate and manage many diverse distributed energy … [Read more...]