How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]

A personality test for utilities to determine their electric grid future

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains why utilities should take a "personality test" to determine their best path to meet the challenges of operating a renewable, resilient grid. Electric utilities across the United States and the world share much in common, but the truth is these diverse businesses have distinct … [Read more...]

DERMS can provide grid resilience for utilities

A new white paper from PXiSE presents the case for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) as the next step utilities should consider on their path toward renewables and resilience. PXiSE says that "a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) can help utilities navigate challenges and create a road map to a fully … [Read more...]

Microgrids Open Doors to Future DER Opportunities

A new white paper from PXiSE Energy Solutions explores how microgrids can help utilities leverage diverse distributed energy resources (DER) to better serve their customers and reposition themselves in the energy supply value chain. Microgrids have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, and, according to the white paper, many of the … [Read more...]

Siemens Highlights the Value of DERMS to Utilities and Communities

Sacha Fontaine, energy solutions director at Siemens, defines distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and explains the value of DERMS to a utility or community. He also highlights the company's projects in Puerto Rico and Illinois in an interview at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge's editor in … [Read more...]

Looking at Microgrids a New Way with DERMS

In an interview leading up to Microgrid 2019, Siemens' Sacha Fontaine describes how microgrids and DERMS will shape the grid of tomorrow. If microgrids were purely backup power, it would be easy to determine who benefits from them: clearly the customers who are spared from power outages. But grid-connected microgrids do more than keep the … [Read more...]

Unlock Value by Sharing your Microgrid Resources

Patrick Lee, president of PXiSE Energy Solutions, explores the potential value of sharing microgrid resources with the main grid and the use of intelligent microgrid optimization technology. Many customers install microgrids for financial benefits and as a safety net to ensure a reliable, resilient power supply in the event of a utility … [Read more...]

Blazing the Path from VPPs to Holistic Grid Control with DERMS

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

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

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...]