Eaton Summit Heightens Government Interest in Promoting Microgrids in Pennsylvania

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Denise Brinley was surprised by the array of businesses drawn to a summit on microgrids held this week in Pittsburgh by power management company Eaton. For her it was an actionable discovery -- she's senior energy advisor of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “I walked away with the distinct impression that … [Read more...]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

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It's no news that cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more and more of a concern for companies and businesses in a variety of different sectors. Often, we mostly think of cyber attacks targeting government and commercial computer networks. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and as distributed energy systems become more popular, … [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 to Value and Monetize Energy Resiliency in Microgrids

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Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy resiliency and reliability are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? What is government’s role? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem

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When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Smarter Energy Management Delivers Reliability, Efficiency and Cost Savings

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A new white paper from Eaton explores how microgrid evolution is fueling smarter energy management. Recently, with increased capacity of distributed energy resources – think solar, wind, combined heat and power (CHP), energy storage, and more — Eaton points out businesses, institutions and individuals are jumping on the chance to optimize … [Read more...]

$20M for Power Electronics R&D…California’s Microgrid Roadmap…Fort Custer Microgrid

DOE funds $20M for power electronics, a key part of a microgrid Now that utility-scale solar costs only 6 cents/kWh on average, U.S. energy policymakers will no longer focus as heavily on driving down prices. Instead, they are turning an eye toward using solar to improve grid reliability and resilience -- a key microgrid feature. As part of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Evolution Fuels Smarter Energy Management

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Smarter energy management delivers reliability, efficiency and cost savings. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. In terms of magnitude, each person in the U.S. spends around $3,052 on electricity (2012 figures). With a population of about 314 million people at the … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

power resiliency

There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids Work to Advance Power Resiliency

According to a recent Microgrid Knowledge study power resiliency is one of the top 3 reasons organizations and communities install a microgrid. Factors such as increasing occurrences of natural disasters, the ongoing threat of cyber attacks and growing awareness of inadequate, outdated or failing grid infrastructure all drive microgrid adoption. … [Read more...]