The Pearl Street Station-An Early Prototype

When thinking about Microgrids, it could be argued that the world’s first centralized power system was much like a modern Microgrid. Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Station came online at 3:00 PM on September 04, 1882, using a series of underground tubes and wires to supply electricity to light J. P. Morgan’s Wall Street office and [...]

December 17th, 2015|

Microgrids’ Role in Natural Disasters

Along the east and west coasts, hurricanes and strong winds can ravage power lines. The middle of the country is subject to devastating tornadoes that can rip large power lines out of the ground. The north and mountainous regions, and as the northeast has experienced more recently, heavy snowfall can cause major damage to hanging [...]

December 11th, 2015|

Part 3: California Rule 21 and the Future for Utilities

These early phases of amending Interconnection Rule 21 will eventually lead to full-scale revolution of the energy industry and bulk electric systems (BES) as we know it. As more data are collected from the implementation of smart inverter functionalities, a Microgrid’s place in the BES will become more prevalent and more logical. Utilities will continue [...]

December 4th, 2015|