DER Technology Comes of Age: Smart and Sophisticated

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources (DERs). This excerpt takes a look at how market factors have led to the maturity of DER technology.  Distributed energy used to be simple. Put a generator in a building basement, or solar panels on a roof, and the job … [Read more...]

What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the rise of local energy and what it means for businesses, institutions and communities. This excerpt introduces the benefits of microgrids and distributed energy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) represent a departure from the conventional electric grid because of their … [Read more...]

Top Microgrid White Papers of 2018 Cover Financing, Operation, Clean Energy & More

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Microgrid Knowledge offers a library of industry white papers and reports that we update regularly. Top microgrid whitepapers for 2018 -- those downloaded the most -- covered microgrid financing, clean energy microgrids, business models, electrical reliability and more. The most popular reports came from Siemens, Schneider Electric, Eaton, … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Solar PV, Energy Storage Set to Shift Calif. Time-of-Use Rates

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In California, it can get expensive and complex for utilities to deliver electricity when demand is high. To help mediate these costs, California's utilities offer time-of-use (TOU) rates, prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. A new white paper from Enel X explores how behind-the-meter solar PV and energy storage are aligning to … [Read more...]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

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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

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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

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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

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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)?

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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

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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...]