Ontario’s New 4-Year Plan Paves Way for Grid Flexibility & Renewable Microgrids

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Following an aggressive push to green its grid, Ontario now plans to focus on creating a lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable microgrids. The provincial government described the strategy in its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan, “Delivering Fairness and Choice,” an endeavor Ontario … [Read more...]

What is the Future of Microgrids in the Post-Hurricane Virgin Islands?

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How best to go about rebuilding is the multi-billion dollar question hanging over the US Virgin Islands as it picks itself up from massive destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes. Hurricanes Irma and Maria took a heavy toll on the islands' electric grids. Irma left St. Thomas and St. John without electricity when it made landfall early … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Increase Resiliency for Mission Critical Operations

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This is the fourth post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on military microgrids and how this clean energy option can increase resiliency for mission critical operations. Mission critical is a phrase almost synonymous with military operations, and in an increasingly electrified world, critical missions cannot be accomplished … [Read more...]

The Cybersecurity Value of Microgrid Islanding

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This is the third article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and the value of microgrid islanding.  The value of microgrids as a cybersecurity defensive measure begins with their unique ability to operate in two different modes: connected to the electric grid or islanded from it as a … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but there is nothing diminutive about its grid modernization plan, which draws a big circle around what ails the electric grid and aims with bull's-eye precision at the solutions. Released last week, “Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, Phase 1,” starts by tackling the core of what troubles New … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017: ComEd CEO Sees Microgrids Emerging as “Defining Infrastructure”

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Microgrids offer answers to some of the most important questions facing the electric industry as it undergoes a technological tsunami, said Microgrid 2017 keynote speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. Held in Boston, the Nov. 6-8 event attracted more than 460 participants, making it the largest … [Read more...]

Grid Cyber Attacks: How is Our Electric System Vulnerable?

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This is the second article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future. This post narrows in on grid cyber attacks and how our electric system is vulnerable.   The North American electric power grid has been described as a single enormous machine, one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Announces Microgrid 2018, May 7-9 in Chicago

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With Microgrid 2017 sold out, Microgrid Knowledge today announced that registration is now open for its next conference, Microgrid 2018 to be held May 7-9 in Chicago. “Microgrid 2018: Markets and Models for the Greater Good” will explore the essential need for microgrids in today’s electricity-dependent society. Word of the next event came as … [Read more...]

Recent Hurricanes Underscore Need for Utility Microgrids: S&C Electric

Recent hurricanes -- and the power outages that resulted -- make it clear that regulators must develop economic models that will allow more utility microgrids and energy storage, says S&C Electric’s Michael Kilpatrick. “Utilities should be able to build microgrids, operate them, and get cost recovery for them. And there is no mechanism … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Microgrids for Hospitals Make Electricity More Reliable

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This is the second post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on why clean energy microgrids for health care and hospitals make sense.   In most businesses, costs are a paramount concern. Hospitals are not most businesses. At a hospital, loss of electricity can lead to loss of life. So for hospitals, reliable electricity has a very … [Read more...]