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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Microgrids

Microgrids


Mapping Out Microgrids

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4824/mapping-out-microgrids

"Every distributed generation project with islanding capability is unique and usually custom-made. There are, however, off-the-shelf methods of assessing and designing them. On-Site Energy Management's latest print issue lays out the fundamentals."

U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/u-s-microgrid-market-development/

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

Learning from Islands: Renewable Transitions for Mines, Industrial Facilities, and the Military

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 11, 2016, by Kaitlyn Butler and Kate Hawley.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_03_11_learning_from_islands_renewable_transitions

"What do mines, industrial facilities, and the military all have in common? They all have a need for reliable electricity in remote locations. It turns out these places and others can learn a lot from islands. Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room’s recent microgrid casebook, Renewable Microgrids: Profiles from Islands and Remote Communities Across the Globe, explores 10 examples of islands and remote communities from around the world that have transitioned from 100 percent oil-based electricity systems to high-penetration renewable microgrids."

Controlling Networks of Microgrids Over the Industrial Internet

Solar Industry, Oct. 2015, by Lynne Canavan.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1510/FEAT_04_Controlling-Networks-Of-Microgrids-Over-The-Industrial-Internet.html

"The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources. With the introduction of smart power grids, all sectors of the energy industry are on the verge of a seismic shift. The enabling technologies of big data, data analytics and predictive maintenance are creating the industrial Internet that will make renewable energy assets responsive to demands in near real time."

Unlikely Bedfellows: Unlocking Wind Microgrids with Fossil Fuels

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Marc Hoffman.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21372/unlikely-bedfellows

"With advancements in the renewable microgrid platform, there’s good news on the horizon: two unlikely bedfellows—wind and fossil fuels—can make beautiful music together after all."

Microgrids: Self-Sufficient Energy Islands

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Ethan Howland.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44478

"Microgrids, small energy systems that can run independently of the main grid, can turn communities into self-sufficient energy islands. The technology may have been made popular by a devastating storm, but public power utilities have been creating electricity islands since before it was cool. Microgrids are positioned to grow quickly, with public power utilities leading the way, thanks to their unique position in their communities."

The Future of Microgrid Markets

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Lyn Corum.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=266629&p=36#{}

"The why, where, and how of growth in distributed energy resources."

Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy

Energy Efficiency Markets, June 2015.
http://www.findwhitepapers.com/force-download.php?id=49811

Report "provides big-picture insight into the community microgrid trend, as well as specific advice to help municipalities that are considering microgrid development."

Implementing Microgrids: Controlling Campus, Community Power Generation

Pure Power (supplement to Consulting-Specifying Engineer), Summer 2015, by Paul Barter and Edward T. Borer.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/implementing-microgrids-controlling-campus-community-power-generation/1ebe5e9f6874b762fca56287475b4a2d.html

"Microgrids are subsets of the regional electrical grid that have the ability to operate independent, or “island,” from the local utility. Microgrids normally operate in parallel with the utility, but they can operate in an isolated mode when utility service is interrupted or providing poor power quality. The design and operation of microgrids are optimized around the needs of the specific end users they serve."

Guest Commentary: Microgrids: An Integrated Power Solution for Business

Business Energy, May 2015, by Michael J. Zimmer.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=254619&ver=html5&p=44#{}

"North America continues to be a hotbed for microgrid development. Green Energy Corp., a US builder of commercial-scale microgrids, recently estimated that 24,000 US commercial and industrial sites could be developed with large-scale microgrid conversions."
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