Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

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Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

Fort Custer Plans a Demonstration Microgrid to Reduce Energy Surety Costs

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The U.S. Department of Defense plans to develop a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan aimed at reducing costs for energy surety where military facilities are in close proximity to each other. Advanced technology developer Electricore will lead the project with support from power company Eaton and local … [Read more...]

Blackout Tracker Shows the 3,879 Times We Wished We Had More Microgrids

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Rogue lawn mowers. Toppling Cranes. Frogs and snakes. You never know what will cause power outages and get people thinking about microgrids. Eaton’s new Blackout Tracker Annual Report shows 3,879 instances last year when having more microgrids would have been nice. That’s the number of times the power went out for more than 48 minutes, affecting … [Read more...]

Textbook Cry for Microgrid Solution: Storms, No Lights, High Costs in NY Town

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Storms keep coming, power goes out too often, and energy prices are high says Jefferson County, New York.  It is the textbook cry for a microgrid solution. The northern New York community described its problems in a feasibility study filed with the NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to spur microgrid development. The community is … [Read more...]

Wife Leaves Husband over Power Outages and other Tales from this Year’s Eaton Blackout Tracker

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We know that power outages cost businesses a lot of money, but they apparently can play havoc with relationships too, according to the new Blackout Tracker by Eaton. The annual report again offers a colorful glimpse into the comedy and tragedy that plays out on the power grid when the lights blink out, which happened about 3,571 times last year … [Read more...]

Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

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SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth. “The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

The Threat of Hackers Disabling the Grid: Not Science Fiction

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It’s hard to scan a movie or best-seller’s list without coming upon a dystopian story – or many. Perhaps that’s why we don't appear to take seriously the threat of hackers disabling the grid. We’ve become habituated. That was last week’s episode. But no. As a recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates we really do … [Read more...]

University Team in Milwaukee Works to Avert the Next Big Electrical Blackout

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It wasn’t a natural disaster or high demand that caused an electrical blackout in the northeastern United States in summer 2003. A high-voltage power line in Ohio brushed against overgrown trees, causing it to shut down, and touching off a domino effect of disabled lines. For the next two days, 50 million people in eight states were left without … [Read more...]