Community Microgrids: A Guide City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy,

Community microgrids are central pillars of today’s local energy revolution. Being developed in municipalities large and small, they are a key feature of the new clean and efficient electrical infrastructure that is beginning to transform America’s energy grid into a less centralized and more democratized entity.Mayors and city leaders are … [Read more...]

Control and Design of Microgrids

Economic, technology and environmental incentives are changing the face of electricity generation and transmission. Centralized generating facilities are giving way to smaller, more distributed generation partially due to the loss of traditional economies of scale. Distributed generation encompasses a wide range of prime mover technologies, such as … [Read more...]

Microgrid Communications using SDN Tech

As power utilities strive to improve the reliability of electricity delivery and become eco-sustainable, microgrids are gaining in popularity. However, there are challenges in extending network to microgrid communications. In order to enhance microgrid communications, the technology SDN is being used as a new way to communicate with microgrids. … [Read more...]

Communication Infrastructures for Microgrids

With the recent technological advancements in communication infrastructures, mobile and cloud computing, smart devices, and power electronics, a renewed interest in power systems research has emerged. When these enabling technologies are jointly utilized to sense and actuate power generation, distribution, and demand, the resulting smart- grid has … [Read more...]

Microgrid Workshop Report

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held the Microgrid Workshop on August 30-31, 2011, in San Diego, California. The purpose of the workshop was to convene experts and practitioners to assist the DOE in identifying and prioritizing research and development (R&D) areas in the field of … [Read more...]

Network Protection in Microgrids

Power systems currently undergo considerable change in operating requirements – mainly as a result of deregulation and due to an increasing amount of distributed energy resources (DER). In many cases DER include different technologies that allow generation in small scale (micro-sources) and some of them take advantage of renewable energy resources … [Read more...]

Buildings with a Smart Microgrid

A ‘smart microgrid’ refers to a distribution network for electrical energy, starting from electricity generation to its transmission and storage with the ability to respond to dynamic changes in energy supply through co-generation and demand adjustments. At the scale of a small town, a microgrid is connected to the wide-area electrical grid that … [Read more...]

IT Challenges for the Smart Microgrid

Modern society is facing the global dilemma of an increased demand for energy, while traditional energy generation resources are diminishing. Therefore, global policy makers have begun crafting roadmaps to increase energy efficiency and sustainable, “green” energy generation.From an energy grid operator’s point of view, this megatrend … [Read more...]

Cyber Security for Microgrids

This document describes a microgrid cyber security reference architecture. First, we present a high-level concept of operations for a microgrid, including operational modes, necessary power actors, and the communication protocols typically employed. We then describe our motivation for designing secure cyber security for a microgrid; in particular, … [Read more...]

Architecture of Microgrids

This paper outlines an enterprise architecture (EA) approach for developing a Microgrid within the Smart Grid. First an overview of EA is provided. Then, the General MicroGrids EA implementation, which incorporates IA and security, is discussed.EA is a method for completely expressing the enterprise. It is the master plan which interconnects … [Read more...]