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...]

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

long duration energy storage

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...]

Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage

reciprocating engines and microgrids

Reciprocating engine generators are becoming increasingly important to help solve three contemporary energy problems. The first problem occurs in developed areas like North America, where electric reliability is crucial as the economy grows ever more Internet-based. The second problem can be found in remote regions of the world, where no … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Survey 2016

microgrid survey

We conducted the Microgrid Knowledge survey to gauge market perceptions about the microgrid landscape and its players, markets, and policies. There were 244 responses from microgrid developers, utilities, large energy customers, policymakers, regulators, investors and others. Here are some of the topics we explore in the report. The Microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrids: New Technology, Old Challenges

POWER is pleased have the opportunity to work in microgrids, critical power, renewable energy and energy storage projects around the world. We see requests for microgrids services growing across the United States and are excited to have experts on our team who are leaders in the use of the advanced technologies required for their successful … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned Implementing an IEC 61850-based Microgrid Power- Management System

A North American oil refinery recently improved on-site power system reliability by installing a new utility ring-bus substation, a new utility interconnect substation, four new medium voltage distribution switchgear lineups, and separating two on-site 14.9 MVA cogeneration units onto dedicated buses in our management system . The refinery also … [Read more...]