First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

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This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

How Can Cybersecure Microgrids Help During Cyberattacks on the Grid?

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Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems solutions for S&C Electric, explains why we need cybersecure microgrids. Kilpatrick spoke with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge chief editor, at Microgrid 2017 in Boston. We have good reason to worry about a cyberattack on the electric grid; the threat is not "overblown," Kilpatrick said … [Read more...]

Microgrid Cybersecurity: Fighting Asymmetrical Warfare

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A threat recognized by utility executives at the highest level, cyberattacks are a new form of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, as explained in this fifth article from a Microgrid Knowledge series on microgrid cybersecurity.  It’s common to find seeds of advanced technology within work by the military. Microgrid cybersecurity is no … [Read more...]

PGE Plans Customer, Community Microgrids as Part of Energy Storage Pilot

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed plans with state regulators to develop customer-sited and community microgrids in response to a state energy storage mandate that could reap big benefits to the utility and its customers. Filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the proposal calls for two to five microgrid pilot projects. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Deployment Rises: The Biggest Disruptor to the Power Industry is Here

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, describes how a rise in microgrid deployment is disrupting today's power industry. Last month, Microgrid Knowledge and the International District Energy Association (IDEA) hosted the Microgrid 2017 Conference in Boston. The sold-out event drew … [Read more...]

How to Create a Cybersecure Microgrid and Protect the Macrogrid Too

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This is the fourth article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and how to create a cybersecure microgrid while also protecting the macrogrid.  Cybersecurity should be a prime consideration at the outset of microgrid design. If a microgrid is being installed for resilience, it doesn’t … [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 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...]

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...]

Microgrid Knowledge Releases New Microgrid Cybersecurity Report

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Microgrid Knowledge today released a new special report on microgrid cybersecurity at Microgrid 2017, a gathering this week in Boston of more than 400 microgrid companies and customers. The report, “Why We Need Microgrid Cybersecurity: The Threat is Real,” explores the growing threat to grid security from cyber intrusions into commercial … [Read more...]