Specialized Microgrids Will Keep Utilities Competitive

specialized microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Kilowatt Labs' Omar Ghani explores the potential of specialized microgrids to drive competition and provide utilities with a sustainable commercial model for the future.  Utilities keep the lights on, delivering electricity to us reliably, safely and economically. Having built a robust technical and … [Read more...]

The Case for Specialized Microgrids

Governments, utility companies, and many businesses today agree we are in the midst of a shift toward a low-carbon economy. Many utilities are transitioning toward more renewable energy generation models and utilizing new energy storage solutions like specialized microgrids. Much of the focus has been on clean generation sources such as wind and … [Read more...]

Implementing a Microgrid Using Standard Utility Control Equipment

Recent weather events have proven that a single storm can cause billions of dollars of damage to the electrical power grid as well as significant power outage-related costs. As a result, utilities across the United States are working to make their microgrid services more resilient. This alone is a challenge, but some utilities also face state-level … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits

microgrid benefits

The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. Microgrid benefits help us connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid

renewable energy

As policy makers seek to integrate a serious sociological and environmental issue into renewable energy production, the typical utility is faced with not only technology upgrades, but also dealing with new systemic events that occur far beyond its franchise borders. Adding renewable energy resources into the existing bulk generation power system … [Read more...]

Microgrids for disaster preparation

Disaster Preparation

Whilst recent natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused horrific physical damage and loss of life, they also demonstrated the fragility of today’s electricity systems. Major electricity outages around the world are growing in number and scope, bringing significant costs to local industry and the community. In the case … [Read more...]

Critical Facility Microgrids

Critical Facility Microgrids

In 2013, the New York State Legislature directed the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS), and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to develop recommendations regarding the establishment of microgrids in New York State … [Read more...]

Microgrid Protection and Safety

Microgrid protection

Microgrids have been proposed in order to improve reliability and stability of electrical system and to ensure power quality of grid. Microgrid consists of low voltage distribution systems with distributed energy resources, such as wind turbine and photovoltaic power systems, together with storage devices. It is essential to protect a microgrid in … [Read more...]

Architecture of Microgrids

microgrid architecture

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...]

Technical Challenges of Microgrids

technical challenges

Microgrids are becoming increasingly attractive to consumers and as such in the future, a great number of them will be installed at consumer’s sites. In this situation, conventional distribution networks that accept distributed generation connections may face serious technical challenges when its control and protection functions become more … [Read more...]