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...]

Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative

There is great potential in Massachusetts for new advanced energy storage to enhance the efficiency, affordability, resiliency and cleanliness of the entire electric grid by modernizing the way we generate and deliver electricity. In order to increase energy storage deployment, this Study presents a comprehensive suite of policy recommendations to … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources: Breaking Down Barriers

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DER) are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as renewable energy and energy storage resources, located near customer load. In recent years, DERs have made great strides due to market reforms, advanced technologies, and declining costs. Despite these advances, DERs serve less than 1% of electricity load … [Read more...]

Sustainable Energy Schneider Electric

Sustainable Energy

As the global energy landscape continues to evolve, campuses, institutions, businesses, and municipalities are beginning to use new sustainable energy technologies to take direct control of energy sustainability, reliability, and cost. Local microgrids are being formed by dynamically managing a variety of distributed sustainable energy resources, … [Read more...]

Energy Modernization through Microgrids

energy modernization

The utility industry is in the midst of energy modernization efforts that ramped up in large part following the Northeast Blackout of 2003. The massive blackout, a wake up call to utilities and consumers alike, compounded the concerns about climate change, the burgeoning population and scarcity of natural resources. The blackout spurred the … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Distributed Energy Resources

Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have primarily focused on the behaviors of individual DER units and open communication protocols over the field networks that connect directly to these devices. To better integrate and manage many diverse distributed energy … [Read more...]