The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources: An Overview of Current Analytical Practices

This report was developed based upon funding from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Managing and Operating Contractor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Funding provided by U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. … [Read more...]

Unlock Value by Sharing your Microgrid Resources

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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...]

Economics is Driving the Growth of Distributed Energy Resources in Texas

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Texas was among those states in the 1990s to restructure its retail electricity market, which gave business and residential consumers the option to choose a power supplier. Today, that type of innovation is expanding to give those users more dynamic options — the ability to generate their own electricity with distributed energy. The Texas … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Distributed Energy Resources

We are in the midst of an evolution toward a more decentralized power grid, a shifting away from electricity delivered via large central power plants and long transmission lines to more distributed energy resources (DER). The new paradigm calls for use of local resources, such as rooftop solar, small natural gas generators and microgrids that … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Seamlessly Combine Distributed Energy Resources

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Microgrids are the keystone as we move toward use of more distributed energy resources (DERs). And they offer a variety of ways to increase your facility’s resiliency, efficiency, and sustainability. But how does it all work, and how can you use this technology to optimize your current existing operation? Microgrid technologies enable … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Enable Optimal Cooperation Among Distributed Energy Resources

Increase your facility's resiliency, efficiently, and sustainability with the latest microgrid technology. Microgrids seamlessly combine Distributed Energy Resources (DER) with your existing operation to achieve resiliency, optimize energy costs, enhance security and reduce CO2 emissions. When connecting on-site generation and storage assets … [Read more...]

DMS Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids

Deregulation of the electric utility industry, environmental concerns associated with traditional fossil fuel-based power plants, volatility of electric energy costs, Federal and State regulatory support of “green” energy, and rapid technological developments all support the growth of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in electric utility systems … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources: Breaking Down Barriers

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Distributed energy resources (DER) are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as renewable energy and energy storage resources, located near customer load. In recent years, DERs have made great strides due to market reforms, advanced technologies, and declining costs. Despite these advances, DERs serve less than 1% of electricity load … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Distributed Energy Resources

Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have primarily focused on the behaviors of individual DER units and open communication protocols over the field networks that connect directly to these devices. To better integrate and manage many diverse distributed energy … [Read more...]