Can You Afford to Not Have a Microgrid?

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In California, the question ‘Can we afford a microgrid?’ might be more aptly phrased: ‘Can we afford to not have a microgrid?’ This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure highlights how energy-as-a-service is making microgrids easier and more affordable.  Business executives, community leaders and others … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids are at an Inflection Point

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Microgrid growth appears to have reached an inflection point, driven by demand for reliable energy, especially in California, as well as economic, environmental and societal factors. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores the growth stimuli. Microgrid installations are accelerating in a range … [Read more...]

Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

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California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

Using Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing throughout Microgrid Lifecycle

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The last entry in a new Microgrid Knowledge special report, released in partnership with Typhoon HIL, highlights how microgrid developers can use Hardware-in-the-Loop testing throughout a microgrid's lifecycle, not just during the design and construction phase.  Verification of protection coordination  Hardware-in-the-loop testing is a … [Read more...]

Using Hardware in the Loop to Create a Microgrid Testbed

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This post — part of a new special report — highlights how microgrid developers are using testing tools like hardware in the loop (HIL) to create microgrid testbeds, as well as what these testbeds can be used for.  HIL to create microgrid testbeds The electric power grid is the world’s largest man-made system. It is also a very complex machine … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Simulation, Testing Techniques Pave Way for Future Microgrids

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Microgrid Knowledge, in partnership with Typhoon HIL, explores the possibilities of new microgrid simulation and testing tools in a special report. The following entry looks at the "three D's" — digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization. Digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization  The electric power grid is undergoing one … [Read more...]

What is the Value of Electric Reliability for Your Operation?

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This is part two of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model. This post focuses on power outage costs and the monetary value of electric reliability. It is difficult to calculate what a power outage costs an economy or even an individual business. Losses tend to be … [Read more...]

Poll Finds Americans Wary of Grid Safety in Wake of Russian Hacking

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Americans are worried about grid cybersecurity and see the nation as unprepared for an extended power outage, according to a new poll. Protect Our Power, a non-profit group that includes former utility executives, released the survey results the same day that Homeland Security and the FBI warned that Russians have hacked the grid and other U.S. … [Read more...]

10 Most Read Microgrid White Papers Illustrate Evolving Market

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Watching what people read can provide insight into market direction. So we thought we'd take a look at what white papers in our library attract the most attention. Here we share with you what we discovered. Microgrid Knowledge's Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2017 capture topics from energy modernization to solar and storage.  Readers last … [Read more...]

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...]