The Rise of Microgrids and DERs: Out of Competition Came Innovation

What was the impetus for the rise of microgrids and distributed energy resources? What role did competition play? A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the industry's evolution. Here's a look inside the history of electric competition. Today's growth in distributed energy and microgrids goes back to the … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

microgrids and distributed energy

Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

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...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

utility-operated microgrid cluster

Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [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...]

Increasing Sustainability of Healthcare Facility Distributed Energy Systems

Healthcare Facility Distributed Energy Systems

How can hospitals improve power supply availability, sustainability and cost -- even through major emergencies? Russelectric's Tim Kelley explains the value of healthcare facility distributed energy systems. Continuous power supply is critical to maintain healthcare facilities and the health and safety of patients during emergency … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Considerations for Electrical Distribution Systems

Cyber Threats

Every day, cyber attacks against government and commercial computer networks number in the millions. According to U.S. Cyber Command, Pentagon systems are probed 250,000 times per hour. Similar attacks are becoming more prevalent on other kinds of information-based smart networks as well, such as those that operate buildings and utility systems. … [Read more...]

How DERMS and Smart Inverters Safely Bring Distributed Resources to the Grid

smart inverters

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...]

A Project to Last: Engaging with Stakeholders throughout the Distributed Energy Development Process

Distributed Energy Development

GI Energy has gained a lot of experience in distributed energy development -- particularly when it comes to stakeholder requirements -- over the 15 years it has worked in energy infrastructure. The company shared this knowledge through case studies presented at Microgrid 2018. Topics included: the Parkville Microgrid (Hartford, Ct.), San … [Read more...]