What Can Regulators and Utilities Do to Boost Solar Nanogrids?

This portion of a  new special report series looks at utility and regulatory changes across the nation that could push solar nanogrids to the forefront of energy innovation.  In spite of the many challenges that nanogrids address, their growth is limited by regulatory and utility hurdles that prevent nanogrid owners from realizing their many … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Explores the Energy Regulation ‘Road’ to the Future Grid

Energy use isn't static. Trends change with the times — and new technology. A new white paper from S&C Electric asserts that significant changes are needed in the electric utility sector, especially when it comes to energy regulation, as climate-change related natural disasters and power outages increase. Part of this shift will include … [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 Microgrids Earn Revenue and Serve the Central Grid

Grid-connected microgrids earn revenue by selling what are known as 'ancillary services' to the central grid. These services help keep power flowing in a stable fashion. Offering these services makes a microgrid valuable well beyond the buildings it powers. The microgrid becomes an asset to society at large. Read more in the following excerpt from … [Read more...]