The U.S. Army Uses Microgrids to Provide Resiliency, Address Climate Change, and Control Costs
The U.S. Army plans to install microgrids at each of its 130+ installations by 2035. Microgrids will enable each base to run all functions without grid power for multiple days.
New Distribution Market Structures Needed as DERs Grow
As numbers of Distributed Energy Resources grow, ISOs and distribution utilities are realizing that new distributed markets will be required to manage DER resources. Three potential structures for distributed markets are under discussion.
The Electric Load Curve – Once Predictable, Now Fickle
Variables such as DER penetrations, growth of EVs, electrification of heating loads, and willingness of consumers to use energy flexibly in response to price signals are drastically impacting load curves and thus the future of electric grid operations.
Why the World Needs More Energy Efficient Air Conditioning
The number of home air conditioners in developing economies will increase from 600 million AC units today to 2.5 billion units by 2040. Thus, the efficiency of air conditioners will be an important factor in future electricity growth.
How Electric Operators Maintain Acceptable Voltage
Utility professionals must have a basic understanding of the principles of voltage regulation as the utility grid becomes increasing distributed. System operators and designers must learn new techniques for managing voltage, and customers installing DERs will need to understand why interconnection rules include requirements associated with voltage support.
Bulk Electric System Planners/Operators Need to Plan Now for Distributed Energy Resources
Distributed energy resources or DERs are expected to double over the next fives years. ISOs, balancing authorities, and transmission planners must consider the impacts of DERs now and prepare to modify system models and operations to recognize growth of these resources.
Running a Grid with High Penetrations of DERs: It’s a Whole Different Animal
Once distributed energy resources (DERs) grow enough to be more than just a minimal load modifier, transmission and distribution operators, planners, and designers will need to develop and implement new tools and procedures to ensure a reliable grid.