Utilities at the Forefront: Microgrids for Resilience, Customer Service, Cost Savings and Sustainability

This presentation takes a look at the rise of utility microgrids, and outlines case studies from California's largest utility and how a Chicago community and utility are joining forces to achieve energy goals. Utilities at the Forefront: Microgrids for Resilience, Customer Service, Cost Savings & Sustainability Moderator: Lola Infante … [Read more...]

Delivering Solutions for the Utility of the Future

The future grid and what tomorrow's utility companies look like will help define a region’s resilience, economic attractiveness, and capacity for population growth. Many companies like Burns are looking for solutions for creating and maintaining this future. By combining resilience, reliability, efficiency, return on investment … [Read more...]

Opportunities for Public Infrastructure Microgrids: Protecting our Critical Facilities

Local governments, military officials, university heads, utilities, water and waste facilities, as well as executives overseeing hospitals, transit, airports, and port authorities are exploring the feasibility of microgrids for their operations and seeking relevant examples to emulate. This microgrid guide, developed by Rima Oueid, a senior adviser … [Read more...]

Dawn of the Utility Microgrid: The Path to a Profitable Future

It is no secret to anyone in the utility industry that developments in technology and changing markets are transforming the traditional way of doing business and paving the way toward the dawn of the utility microgrid. There are several trends occurring in the industry that point specifically to the need for utilities to utilize generation assets … [Read more...]

Navigating Local Utility Requirements for Microgrids: Lessons from New York

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

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...]

Integrated Distribution Management Systems

In this report, we present the architecture of an integrated electric distribution system management approach based on the coordinated operation of a DMS, MCs, DERMS, and DERs. The relevant DER group functions necessary to support the implementation of selected DMS applications, i.e., OLPF, VVO, FLISR, SCA and DR, are identified; and messages for … [Read more...]

Special Report on Fuel Cell Microgrids

Fuel cell microgrids are on the rise, the result of a natural pairing of two technologies-fuel cells and microgrids- that serve a mutual mission. Together, they meet today’s demand for energy that is cost-competitive, highly reliable, clean, quiet, contained, modular, scalable and community-friendly. Once futuristic, both technologies find … [Read more...]

DC Coupled Solar Plus Storage

There is a lot of talk about solar plus storage. Yet, it's important to know that by adding energy storage with a DC-to-DC converter you can maximize production & profits of installed North America PV base. Traditional storage plus solar (PV) applications have involved the coupling of independent storage and PV inverters at an AC bus, or … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Energy Storage

Solar is good, yet solar plus energy storage is great. However it is important to understand the options for adding energy storage if you want to maximize energy production and revenues from utility scale PV arrays. North America currently has over 20 GW of installed utility-scale PV generation with 2016 seeing the largest amount of PV installed … [Read more...]