Driving Resiliency Through Your Organization’s Energy Infrastructure

Leaders in large corporations, government agencies, and other organizations face numerous challenges in running their day-to-day operations. For them, energy – the lifeblood of many organizations – has historically been seen as reliable, and occasional power outages considered an inevitable cost of doing business. However, these same organizations … [Read more...]

Biogas Microgrid

Power from pig manure has proven to be an innovative solution to several farm challenges for a unique hog farm in rural Lillington, N.C. This report explores how Butler Farms installed lagoon covers for animal waste to not only reduce odors and eliminate rainwater ingress, but also to capture biogas to utilize as a renewable energy … [Read more...]

Building a Better Microgrid with Hardware in the Loop

The electric power grid is undergoing one of the most fundamental changes since its inception over a century ago. That transformation has been summed up as the “3 Ds,” which stands for digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization.  This value-added shift is being aided, in part, by new tools and processes, such as Hardware in the Loop … [Read more...]

How to Build a Microgrid

Your microgrid project is ready to move forward. But a microgrid’s unique nature can trip up even the most advanced engineers and utility staff. Building microgrids is a complex endeavor.  The nature of microgrid topology generally means power can now flow in multiple directions on your grid.  And there are multiple facets to controlling your … [Read more...]

How to Build a Microgrid in a Day

Microgrids are often built as customized, one-off projects. Concern exists that the industry cannot scale under this model, and prices will remain out of reach for many smaller facilities, such as farms. At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, Craig Wooster, project manager and general contractor for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project, unveiled a new … [Read more...]

The Shedd Aquarium: A Sustainability Mission & Microgrid Journey

During a presentation at Microgrid 2018, Bob Wengel, vice president of facilities at Shedd Aquarium, which is home to 32,500 animals and 1,500 different species, described the aquarium's developing microgrid and energy plant. With a sophisticated energy management and building automation system managed by Schneider Electric and other technology … [Read more...]

Smart Energy Infrastructure: Enabling a Grid of Microgrids

Fundamentally, microgrids provide energy reliability for critical operations. Military installations and hospitals, for example, don’t have the option of shutting down if the power goes out. Therefore, for decades they have mitigated this with on-site backup generation capability. However, continuously improving technologies and unit cost … [Read more...]

Interconnection, integration, and interactive impact analysis of microgrids and distribution systems

Distribution management systems (DMSs) are increasingly used by distribution systems operators (DSOs) to manage the distribution grid and to monitor the status of both power imported from the transmission grid and power generated locally by a distributed energy resource (DER), to ensure that power flows and voltages along the feeders are maintained … [Read more...]

Integrated Modeling Tool for Regulators

This report presents the results of the first phase of a multi-phased project to develop an Integrated Modeling Tool for Regulators (IMT) that supports decision-making for regulatory proceedings on integrated resource planning, grid modernization proceedings, rate cases and other state and federal dockets involving the integration of distributed … [Read more...]

Microgrid Evolution Fuels Smarter Energy Management

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...]