Microgrids: New Technology, Old Challenges

POWER is pleased have the opportunity to work in microgrids, critical power, renewable energy and energy storage projects around the world. We see requests for microgrids services growing across the United States and are excited to have experts on our team who are leaders in the use of the advanced technologies required for their successful … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned Implementing an IEC 61850-based Microgrid Power- Management System

A North American oil refinery recently improved on-site power system reliability by installing a new utility ring-bus substation, a new utility interconnect substation, four new medium voltage distribution switchgear lineups, and separating two on-site 14.9 MVA cogeneration units onto dedicated buses in our management system . The refinery also … [Read more...]

Oasis Microgrids Speed Recovery from Large-Scale System Events

In addition to preparing the utility response to a Large-Scale System Events, the planning and preparation activities have these additional immediate benefits to the utility and its customers: • Preparing and documenting the system inventory offers improved awareness of the system assets and their condition. • Oasis system performance studies … [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...]

Distributed Energy Resources

distributed energy resources

Distributed energy resources allow electricity to be generated closer to where it is used, protecting businesses and institutions from unexpected outages caused by natural disasters and other disruptions. The U.S. national laboratories as well as public-private partnerships provide financial resources and access to research facilities to foster … [Read more...]

RENEWABLE MICROGRIDS: ISLANDS

Renewable Microgrids

The livelihoods of individuals and families living on islands and in remote communities across the globe are directly tied to the availability and price of one volatile global commodity: oil. While oil is also used for various purposes in larger communities across the globe, islands and remote communities are disproportionately dependent on oil for … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy for Microgrids

Renewable Energy

The future of microgrids is bright, and increasingly powered by renewable energy. Over the next five years, GTM Research forecasts overall North American microgrid capacity to more than double. Globally, installed microgrid capacity is projected to increase from 685 megawatts in 2013 to more than 4 gigawatts by 2020 according to Navigant. Another … [Read more...]

NRG: Renewable Energy

NRG Renewable Energy

Attention and promise is one thing – true growth and value is another. Today, renewable energy has clearly landed on the second half of this equation. Once the domain of well-meaning early adopters, renewable approaches now involve a broader array of practices, products and technologies put in place by an ever-expanding roster of ROI-driven … [Read more...]