How DERMS and Smart Inverters Safely Bring Distributed Resources to the Grid

smart inverters

Distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and smart inverters can together help efficiently and safely bring distributed energy onto the grid, as described in the fourth part of a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series on DERMS and virtual power plants.  As use of renewable energy grows, grid management becomes more complex for … [Read more...]

What are Distributed Energy Management Systems (aka DERMS)?

DERMS

Last week, the new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series that explores the benefits of distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs) covered how VPPs can replace conventional power plants while also providing higher efficiency, greater flexibility and increased grid reliability. Here’s the third post, that … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants: Coming Soon to a Grid Near You

virtual power plants

Virtual power plants (VPPs) are growing in popularity and helping shape the grid of the future, as explained in the second installment of a new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series about VPPs and distributed energy management systems (DERMS). Before the 2016 elections in the Philippines, officials worried about the potential for … [Read more...]

Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

energy reliability

Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources. A new white paper from Schneider … [Read more...]

How Microgrids in Texas Served the Lone Star State During Hurricane Harvey

microgrids in texas

Microgrids in Texas proved their worth during Hurricane Harvey, as described in this final entry of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid.  Hurricane Harvey left Texas with $125 billion in damages, record rainfall, flooding that … [Read more...]

The 21st Century Power Grid: Not Your Parents’ Power Grid

DERMs and VPPs

DERMs and VPPs -- you hear the terms often now. They stand for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), and they are remaking the electric grid as we know it. Learn more about DERMS and VPPs in our Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series. Here's the first part, a discussion about what makes the 21st … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Decentralization: A Shift in Energy Focus

decentralization

We are in the middle of an 'energy transition' — one which is focused on the decentralization of energy and the rise of  energy technology like microgrids. A new report from Schneider Electric,  “How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition,” highlights how over the past century or so, we have come from making huge progress in the … [Read more...]

Leveraging Wholesale Markets to Create the Affordable Microgrid

affordable microgrid

Microgrids are not just for reliability. They also are used to manage energy pricing through leveraging wholesale markets. We explain how in part five of this six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on reliability-as-a-service and the affordable microgrid.   Gas-fired microgrids offer operational flexibility that is crucial to … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

natural gas-fired microgrids

We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology: New Tools and Methodology Streamline Implementation

microgrid technology

Each microgrid project is different — and varies according to requirements, economic factors and more — but there is microgrid technology and a set of common goals that are universal to the design and operation phases. A new whitepaper from Schneider Electric takes a broad look at microgrid development and outlines common approaches to … [Read more...]