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...]

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 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 Cybersecurity: Protecting and Building the Grid of the Future

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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 destruction with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. As devastating as these events were, none compare to the threat of a major cyber attack on the American electrical … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

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The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on our minds. Please share your expertise with our readers … [Read more...]