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Published By: S & C Electric Company     Published Date: Jan 26, 2015
As discussion around development of a smart grid has steadily increased, so too has talk about smart microgrids. A critical ingredient for smart microgrids is energy storage. Energy storage can play a major role in facilitating use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and reliability within the microgrid. Energy storage technology has advanced significantly in recent years, and the latest technology holds many promising benefits for microgrid applications. In fact, these new energy storage technologies require a complete rethinking of what microgrids are capable of doing. This paper will review the impact of energy storage on smart microgrids, and will also look at a few real-world applications of energy storage within a microgrid.
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Published By: O'Brien & Gere OBG     Published Date: Jun 18, 2015
A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy. This is a comprehensive look at Community Microgrids for U.S. towns and cities are awakening to the importance of local energy; to the value of gaining control over their energy supply, and ensuring that it is clean, efficient and secure.
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Nov 05, 2015
Our power grid is susceptible to coastal flooding today. Rising seas and higher storm surge mean that unless we take purposeful action to adapt to worsening conditions, the electric power sector will become even more vulnerable to crippling outages over time. With our safety, health, and daily lives tightly intertwined with electricity, it has become increasingly critical that we limit the risk of such impacts. We must, therefore, apply foresight to long-term planning for the power grid; encourage the purposeful adoption of distributed clean energy solutions that bolster the electricity resilience of our communities to help them cope with unavoidable future disasters; and pursue electricity generation policies that prioritize clean energy to limit the scope of future climate impacts. The full report is available for free download here.
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Nov 17, 2015
Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have primarily focused on the behaviors of individual DER units and open communication protocols over the field networks that connect directly to these devices. To better integrate and manage many diverse distributed resources, EPRI has been developing functional requirements and communication protocols for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) operating in a grid-tied mode (EPRI reports 3002002464 and 3002001249). A recent publication from the Argonne National Laboratory provides the guidelines for implementing advanced distribution management systems (DMS). These activities are intended to provide the industry with a point of reference and to provide guidance to research and standards development organizations. This project described in this report aims to advance the state of the art in microgrids and aggregated DER by developing and defining s
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Feb 27, 2016
Distributed energy resources allow electricity to be generated closer to where it is used, protecting businesses and institutions from unexpected outages caused by natural disasters and other disruptions. The U.S. national laboratories as well as public private partnerships provide financial resources and access to research facilities to foster innovations to modernize the power sector from a 100-year-old centralized system to one that incorporates disparate clean technologies such as microgrids, batteries, and energy smart tools. These investments and the resulting new products and capabilities decrease costs, improve grid reliability, reduce emissions, and offer consumers more options.
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Mar 31, 2016
The electric grid is no longer a 20th-century, one-way system. A constellation of distributed energy technologies is paving the way for “microgrids,” a combination of smart electric devices, power generation, and storage resources, connected to one or many loads, that can connect and disconnect from the grid at-will.
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Published By: Solar Turbines     Published Date: Oct 29, 2014
This Special Report from the editors of Microgrid Knowledge, paints a picture of the emerging microgrid-driven world, with CHP at its core. What exactly is CHP? If you’re not familiar with it-or only vaguely aware-you’re not alone. Its reputation remains under the radar screen, especially compared with solar and wind energy. Yet CHP is a far more proven form of distributed energy that goes back to Thomas Edison’s day and can be found in cities and at hospitals, colleges, hotels, petrochemical facilities, manufacturing companies and many other sites where large amounts of energy are consumed. For a long time CHP seemed like the best-kept-secret of energy insiders. That’s begun to change asgovernment leaders push for more CHP-from mayors to the highest offices. In fact, President Barack Obama has set a goal for the U.S. to add 40 GW of CHP by 2020.
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Published By: Schneider Electric     Published Date: Sep 04, 2014
Think Microgrid: A Guide for Policymakers, Regulators and End Users” outlines the major issues now before the microgrid industry as crucial, early policy discussion begins. Written by the experienced editorial staff at EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com, the guide is the result of extensive information-gathering and interviews with key industry insiders and microgrid advocates.
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Published By: Schneider Electric     Published Date: Apr 29, 2015
Imagine a world where green, renewable sources are supplying most or all of the energy needed for every purpose: lighting, heating, processes, and transportation. Imagine that energy consumers are able to proactively choose which energy source they want to consume. Imagine an electricity supply that is completely reliable. Imagine a typical business or institution spends much less on their energy consumption, or actually generates revenue from it.
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Published By: Schneider Electric     Published Date: May 05, 2015
Oncor’s innovative system comprises four interconnected microgrids and uses nine different distributed generation sources, including inverter- and non-inverter-based energy resources that can disconnect from – and reconnect to – the main utility grid. Schneider Electric enabled reactive and predictive control of the microgrid’s DERs with two best-in-class components: PowerLogicTM Microgrid Controller and StruxureWare™ Demand-Side Operation. The Microgrid Controller provides real-time management of distributed generation resources to ensure the right balance between the energy produced and consumed. The controller also safeguards operations and switches seamlessly from a grid-connected mode to an off-grid mode to ensure a reliable source of power for critical loads.
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Published By: Environmental Defense Fund     Published Date: Oct 30, 2014
Distributed energy resources (DER) are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as renewable energy and energy storage resources, located near customer load. In recent years, DERs have made great strides due to market reforms, advanced technologies, and declining costs. Despite these advances, DERs serve less than 1% of electricity load nationally. Many barriers exist to greater deployment of DERs. These barriers include the utility business model, market structure, and regulatory policies.
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Published By: Siemens     Published Date: Jun 22, 2016
Microgrids are becoming increasingly popular among communities, businesses, universities, hospitals and others seeking reliable and cost-effective energy. But because they are relatively new, complex and different from other forms of alternative energy, investors have yet to establish replicable financing models for microgrids. This guide posits that the financing models will become clear when investors understand how advanced controllers capture a microgrid’s full economic value. Here we demonstrate how that is done.
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Published By: nrg     Published Date: Sep 14, 2015
Innovation can be dazzling. The next new thing often brings with it a shine and promise that glitters, inspires and generates an ever-elusive marketing quality called buzz. In the case of renewable energy and, specifically, solutions like solar arrays and wind turbines, the innovation spotlight has shone brightly in recent years. Less visible, at least from the outside, is the story that has emerged as renewable solutions have taken hold – one with a decidedly more practical message. Put simply, renewable energy has successfully moved past its introductory stage, going beyond a “good for society” approach to become a “good for business” solution. This is making it something that can not only dazzle, but also endure.
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Published By: ABB     Published Date: Jul 26, 2016
As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy delivery service owning and operating approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets that connect into more than 1.3 million Victorian homes and businesses, began investigating GESS in 2013. AusNet Services chose to trial the technology to explore the ability to manage peak demand with the potential to defer investment in network upgrades.
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Published By: Fairbanks Morse     Published Date: Aug 02, 2016
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 central grid exists, or its service is spotty, hampering basic health, well-being and commerce. The third problem arises as we attempt to green our electric supply with solar and wind energy. Intermittent by nature- dependent on the sun shining and the wind blowing-renewables often need reliable and sustainable companion technology to keep the electricity flowing. “The Guide to Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage,” explores the growing role that reciprocating engine generators play in solving these three problems.
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Sep 04, 2014
It is now becoming clear that the fundamental architecture of today’s electricity grid, based on the idea of a top down radial transmission system with unidirectional energy flows from large centralized power plants, is not the most appropriate to meet the needs of the low carbon economy. Micro-generation and micro-grids need to be incorporated into the electrical supply system because they can generate from VRS, help balance out supply and demand and make the system more flexible and reliable
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Sep 04, 2014
This paper describes microgrids in the smart grid architecture, autonomous systems interacting through the Energy Services Interface as defined by the OASIS Energy Interoperation specification. We define for the purposes of system architecture what a microgrid is. The several types of existing microgrids are defined, based on the motivations of those that operate them, the technologies they contain, and the operating characteristics they produce.
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Published By: MGK Whitepaper Library     Published Date: Sep 04, 2014
There are many drivers for large utility customers to consider implementation of microgrids. Increasing incidents of serious storms causing long-term power outages in densely populated areas and new threats such as cyber-attacks are highlighting vulnerabilities to critical missions. The growing availability of Financial incentives including demand response and grid services make on-site power generation more viable. There are many scenarios and regions of the country where both utilities and customers can benefit from a properly implemented and operated microgrid through improved power reliability and more efficient energy generation and consumption. As implementation of smart grid technologies increases in utility distribution networks, there will be even more potential for utilities and customers to optimize distributed energy resources. Utilities should consider development and operation of microgrids for large utility customers as part of their growth strategies.
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Published By: O'Brien & Gere OBG     Published Date: Jun 15, 2015
Introduction to Community Microgrids Why we wrote this guide and what you will learn U.S. towns and cities are awakening to the importance of local energy; to the value of gaining control over their energy supply, and ensuring that it is clean, efficient and secure.
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Published By: ADP     Published Date: Jun 09, 2017
Managing payroll in-house can be challenging to maintain for growing businesses. Fortunately, you can free up a lot of time, energy, and resources by letting a provider handle it. Find out why you should outsource with these top-5 reasons
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Published By: iCims     Published Date: Jan 24, 2017
The decision to keep your current applicant tracking system (ATS for short) or switch to a new ATS, is often a difficult one to make. Switching to a new applicant tracking system can be costly and a perceivable headache to implement. However, when you find an ATS that meets your company’s unique needs while providing resources to help your company both today and tomorrow; then switching could be the best decision your company makes. The right applicant tracking system should provide solutions to your most common pain points, saving you time, money, and energy.
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Published By: MarkLogic     Published Date: Jun 19, 2017
Integrate your data silos to finally navigate the data maze. This comprehensive white paper addresses a key element in any GRC program: regulatory compliance. Download this paper to learn about the costs, current practices, and associated risks. We’ll also recommend a technologically-enabled approach and highlight its main business benefits for financial services, insurance, and energy companies. Overview Executive Summary Compliance Requirements A Recommended Approach Business Benefits Regulatory Compliance Solution Architecture Related Materials
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banking, financial services, data management, silos, data strategy, transparency, data governance, regulation
    
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Published By: IBM     Published Date: May 17, 2017
Making predictions is a risky activity. Making predictions in the utility industry can be perilous. History is filled with missed or prematurely exuberant pronouncements of the future of utilities and energy. For example, in the late 20th century, many predicted that the world’s oil supply had reached peak production and would become scarce. Instead, shale gas and oil are in abundance. In the 1990s, people predicted that fuel cells and hydrogen would dominate the landscape by 2010, another illustration that predictions can fail to reach their promise. Learn more. Download now
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Published By: Schneider Electric     Published Date: Apr 13, 2017
Energy costs have become an increasing contributor to pumping systems Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In fact, energy cost represents 40% of the TCO of a typical pump. It is possible to reduce the electrical consumption by at least 30% utilizing Variable Speed Drives while decreasing maintenance costs associated with the mechanical driven system. In this complimentary white paper, learn how to reduce the TCO of your pumping system with a limited investment in three key areas: energy efficiency management, asset management, and energy cost management.
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cost reduction, pumping system, gas facilities, energy efficiency management, asset management, energy cost management, investment management, energy saving
    
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Published By: UPS     Published Date: Jun 15, 2017
The largest percentage of those surveyed purchase for general manufacturing (27%), followed by commercial construction (12%), contractor/service provider (12%) and residential construction (10%). A smaller percentage of participants purchase for the automotive, aerospace, machine shop, energy and hospitality industries, among others.
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