Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Tweets, Bets, Billionaires…Tesla Says Rule Changes Would Boost Energy Storage in Australia

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RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a push by Tesla to boost energy storage in Australia by removing regulatory barriers. Tesla has joined the growing chorus calling for a complete rethink of Australia’s energy market rules, saying they have been designed for old-fashioned centralized fossil fuel technologies, and do not encourage all the … [Read more...]

Carbon Emissions Fell Again in the U.S. Northeast. So What’s the Next Step for RGGI?

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Carbon emissions fell again in 2016 for the U.S. Northeast states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Success? Yes -- but also a signal that it's time for stakeholders to consider the next step for RGGI. Jordan Stutt of the Acadia Center explains. Declining Emissions Signal Need for Reform In advance of expected … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice

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Hitachi’s Alex Rakow and Erica Hauver explain why microgrids must become more embedded in social policy and public infrastructure planning. To many readers, Evan Osnos’ article, “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in last month’s issue of The New Yorker may seem extreme.  America’s wealthy elite preparing for armageddon scenarios with … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Monitoring & Control Helps Utilities Transition to the Prosumer Economy

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US, explains how distributed generation monitoring and control helps utilities transition to a prosumer economy.  The U.S. energy industry is in the middle of a significant transition. The status quo is shifting towards a more decentralized and dynamic … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids May Fit into the Trump Agenda

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Navigant's Peter Asmus explains why military microgrids may align with the Trump agenda. President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional energy fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies … [Read more...]

ABB Customer World Explores Microgrids and Other Technology Reshaping the Power Grid

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ABB Customer World 2017, March 13-16, in Houston, Texas, will explore how today’s energy revolution is reshaping the power grid of tomorrow with microgrids and other cutting edge technologies. The free event offers insights, practical knowledge and connections with industry leaders to help participants: Develop a business case for … [Read more...]

What Is the Value of Microgrid Resilience?  

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ACEEE visiting fellow Anna Chittum tackles one of the most daunting industry problems: determining the economic value of microgrid resilience. Yes, it can be done. Microgrids are increasingly deployed for their resiliency and reliability benefits —  particularly those microgrids anchored by combined heat and power (CHP). But it hasn’t been … [Read more...]