Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

cyber threats

It's no news that cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more and more of a concern for companies and businesses in a variety of different sectors. Often, we mostly think of cyber attacks targeting government and commercial computer networks. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and as distributed energy systems become more popular, … [Read more...]

Blazing the Path from VPPs to Holistic Grid Control with DERMS

VPPs

This is the final entry in a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs). The sixth installment provides an overview of the path to efficient management of distributed resources, from VPPs to grid control with DERMS. For utilities that see an increasing … [Read more...]

Smoothing the Path for DER Orchestration: New Rules for a New World

DER

In the previous installment of the Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), we covered how DERMS and smart inverters can bring distributed resources onto the grid. In the fifth installment, we explore how technology and updates in utility rules and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]