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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...]

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...]

Why We Need Microgrid Cybersecurity: The Threat is Real

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This is the first article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future.  Superstorm Sandy launched a wave of microgrid advocacy by revealing how easily wind and water could crush a major metropolitan power grid. Five years later, North America saw similar … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

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To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrids

Massachusetts Microgrids

The study team, DNV KEMA and Peregrine Energy Group, initiated a thorough literature review on microgrid deployment and known challenges and organized four focus groups comprising microgrid developers, microgrid owners, industry experts, distribution company representatives, combined heat and power (CHP) system operators, fuel cell system … [Read more...]

PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids

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Jeffrey Karp, Morgan Gerard and Van Hilderbrand of Sullivan and Worcester describe the value of PEER, a resiliency certification, and how it can act as an incentive for microgrids in places like Washington, DC. Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single … [Read more...]

Chicago’s ComEd Sees ‘Public Purpose Microgrids’ as a Sweet Spot for Utilities

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As the microgrid industry heats up, players are jostling for market position. For utilities, the sweet spot may be the public purpose microgrid. At least that’s the thinking within Commonwealth Edison, whose parent, Exelon, is among the fastest-moving utilities in the microgrid space. Joseph Svachula, ComEd’s vice president of engineering and … [Read more...]