The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

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S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

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Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

Time to Worry? A Memo from Washington Shakes the Advanced Energy Industries

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The Advanced Energy Economy warns that a recent memo sent by Department of Energy was a "shot across the bow," aimed at advanced energy technologies, like microgrids, solar, and energy storage. A funny thing happened on April 14. In a simple memo directing the Department of Energy to conduct a short-term study, the Trump Administration … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

Choosing an Energy Storage System: Getting Past the Sizzle and into the Sausage

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Rob Campbell of Vulcan Energy talks about why choosing an energy storage system is difficult and the need for international standards that clearly articulate battery performance and longevity. With the explosion of domestic battery storage products on offer, early adopters are generally savvy with the technical aspects of this new technology and … [Read more...]

4th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. May 16-17

Microgrid Global Innovation Forum

The 4th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. will examine latest advances and lessons learned in North America deployments May 16-17, 2017  The microgrid market opportunity in the U.S. is projected to double from $836 million in 2016 to $1.66 billion in 2020, according to  GTM Research.* The drivers behind this include the need … [Read more...]

California Primed to Gain from Solar Plus Storage…But New Policies Crucial

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Ben Airth and Sachu Constantine of the Center for Sustainable Energy explain how solar plus storage can strengthen California's electric grid -- and the importance of good government policy in helping it do so. When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Revolution: What Business Models Will Prevail on the New Grid?

Mahesh Bhave offers a glimpse of future business models for the electric grid in edited excerpts from his book, The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies for Next Generation Electricity, Praeger, 2016. Overview: The book argues that the electricity grid of today needs to split up into a cluster of microgrids, interacting with each other, and … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]