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...]

Mini-grids: Renewable, Resilient and Reliable electric systems

Siemens commissioned this report on mini-grids to inform the next IRP that will guide the grid rebuilding and development for Puerto Rico, leveraging 170 years of experience across a broad spectrum of energy generation, distribution and energy storage solution breakthroughs. By analyzing often-competing objectives such as cost, reliability and … [Read more...]

Navigating Local Utility Requirements for Microgrids: Lessons from New York

Microgrid Utility Requirements

Across the United States, cities and facilities with mission-critical energy requirements have begun a paramount shift from centralized energy generation to local, renewable, and flexible distributed energy resources. Distributed energy concepts like microgrids have become viable and sustainable energy strategies thanks to major technological … [Read more...]

Creating a 21st Century Utility Grid with DERMS and VPPs

VPPs

Big changes are afoot in how electricity is produced and managed. We’re seeing a shift away from centralized power plants to a new model that features distributed energy — renewable resources, combined heat and power (CHP) and battery storage. And tools like Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) and Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) are … [Read more...]

The Affordable Microgrid: Securing Electric Reliability through Outsourcing

microgrids in texas

The number of widespread power outages caused by the hurricanes of 2017 and nor’easters of early 2018 were the latest reminders of the fragile nature of the grid across North America. Microgrids are local power generation resources that may be coupled with storage and controllers supplying power to a facility when the grid is down or unstable. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits and Example Projects

energy reliability

Energy decentralization is a major development that could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century. Major technical and economic improvements have allowed substantial progress in decentralized energy resources, such as solar energy and storage and the Internet of Things (IoT), driving new cooperation and optimization capabilities. Also … [Read more...]

Microgrid Implementation Challenges and Key Technologies

microgrid technology

Microgrid implementation and project challenges vary according to requirements and economic and business drivers, but on a broader level can be developed using a common approach. Microgrid technologies and solutions are already available, reliable and efficient, and there are many examples of successful implementations. However, microgrids’ … [Read more...]

Decentralization: How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition

decentralization

In the early 20th century, the centralization of electricity production made huge progress, enabling significant economies of scale and improved power plant efficiency. Today, decentralization could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century by creating an optimized way to access reliable, green and resilient energy. Major technical … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

data center microgrids

The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [Read more...]

State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability Report

industrial power reliability

In S&C Electric's first State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability report, conducted in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan, facilities and energy managers of commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses across the United States were surveyed regarding their perspectives on power reliability and future energy … [Read more...]