DMS Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids

Deregulation of the electric utility industry, environmental concerns associated with traditional fossil fuel-based power plants, volatility of electric energy costs, Federal and State regulatory support of “green” energy, and rapid technological developments all support the growth of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in electric utility systems … [Read more...]

Foundational Report Series: Advanced Distribution Management Systems for Grid Modernization

Electric distribution utilities encounter many challenges to successful deployment of Distribution Management Systems (DMSs). The key challenges are documented in this report, along with suggestions for overcoming them. This report offers a recommended list of activities for implementing a DMS. It takes a strategic approach to implementing DMS … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage

There is a lot of talk about solar plus storage. Yet, it's important to know that by adding energy storage with a DC-to-DC converter you can maximize production & profits of installed North America PV base. Traditional storage plus solar (PV) applications have involved the coupling of independent storage and PV inverters at an AC bus, or … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Energy Storage

Solar is good, yet solar plus energy storage is great. However it is important to understand the options for adding energy storage if you want to maximize energy production and revenues from utility scale PV arrays. North America currently has over 20 GW of installed utility-scale PV generation with 2016 seeing the largest amount of PV installed … [Read more...]

Microgrid Energy Storage Beyond Four Hours

This paper aims to capture and foster current thinking on new and emerging use cases for microgrid energy storage, and in particular the growing need to combine energy and power applications into a single flexible and valuable long-duration storage asset. This market evolution is significant because it increasingly requires storage asset … [Read more...]

Test & Implementation Framework for IEC 61850-based Microgrid Power Management Systems

Test the Solution  - We carefully planned the FAT to verify secure microgrid power management system operation in normal operation for the design contingencies and under the variety of failure and equipment-outage scenarios identified earlier. Each individual device was power cycled under normal, non-fault conditions. Communication channels were … [Read more...]

Finding Hidden Energy Waste with Data Loggers: 8 Cost-Saving Opportunities

Data loggers are small yet robust measurement and recording devices that can save companies significant energy costs. The first step to reducing costs is identifying energy waste. Statistics on utility bills or name plates on equipment, while useful, are not enough to identify what practices and equipment are contributing to high energy use. It is … [Read more...]

Local Perspectives on Energy: Pelee Island

The Advanced Energy Centre and Studio Y, both based at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, believe that increased engagement between rural communities and public utilities will help address local energy concerns and play an important role in deploying innovative energy solutions. In March 2015, MaRS interviewed residents of Pelee Island to listen … [Read more...]

Protection, Control, Automation, and Integration for Off-Grid Solar-Powered Microgrids in Mexico

In 2012, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national Mexican electric utility, provided electric service to 98.11 percent of the country.  However, rural communities in Mexico (mainly isolated indigenous communities) still lack electric service. Conventional electrification is neither practical nor affordable for these communities that are … [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...]