The Global Shift to Renewable Energy

Today’s energy industry is experiencing change like never before as countries across the globe move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of power. As a result of go-green initiatives, such as the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreement, and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) targets, e.g., California and New York’s goal of 50% by 2030, and Hawaii’s [...]

October 28th, 2016|

Smart and Modernized Grid Management

Microgrid management presents unique challenges to grid operators. The definition of Smart Grid management has evolved well beyond collecting and sharing interval data from meters and adding intelligence to certain distribution system hardware. Today it involves having visibility to and control over devices anywhere in the distribution system all the way to the grid edge. [...]

October 25th, 2016|

Distributed Energy Resources: Coming to a Home Near You

The convergence of the Internet of Things with advances in data processing is driving control of everyday devices and appliances to the extreme edge of the grid: the residence. This has the potential to create an enormous pool of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and Demand Response (DR) assets utilities can tap to supplement their resource [...]

October 18th, 2016|

CVR/DVR: A Multipronged Approach to Distribution Grid Management?

We have discussed how investments in Smart Grid technologies are an important concern and will make the grid more adaptable and resistant to manmade attacks and Mother Nature in an earlier post. Security is vitally important in supporting a world where information and technology permeate every aspect of life and business. With the advance of [...]

October 13th, 2016|

DSO and Microgrids, Part Two: DERs and Transactive Energy Exchanges

A powerful combination of factors are changing the electricity industry landscape. These factors include environmental regulations, emerging intelligent end-use devices, and more affordable Distributed Energy Resource (DER) assets. As customers begin to supply their electricity with their own renewable and behind-the-fence resources in the form of DER assets, the traditional utility model, particularly at the [...]

October 11th, 2016|