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...]

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...]

Parris Island Military Microgrid Promises to Ensure Reliable, Secure Energy

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A new military microgrid on Parris Island promises to ensure reliable and secure energy, as described in this sixth and final post in a Microgrid Knowledge series, "The Rise of the Clean Energy Microgrid."  Marines must be superbly trained, well equipped, bravely led and tough enough to accomplish the mission regardless of obstacles. Their … [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 Commercial and Industrial Microgrid: A Growing Number of Corporations Going Green

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Corporations install microgrids to achieve the dual goals of reducing costs and greening their operations, as explained in the fifth post from our series on clean energy microgrids. Here we focus on the commercial and industrial microgrid. A growing number of corporations are going green. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, nearly … [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...]

The University Microgrid: Why Clean Energy and Campuses are a Good Fit

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This is the third post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on the university microgrid and why clean energy and campuses are a natural fit.  Colleges and universities were among the first institutions to embrace microgrids — and that’s not surprising considering how well the technology is suited to campuses. There are now university … [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...]

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...]