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Microgrids: the next step in resiliency for Pacific Northwest utilities

Microgrids: the next step in resiliency for Pacific Northwest utilities

From 1980 to 2014, the United States experienced a total of 178 climate or weather-related disasters[1]. Eight of these events have occurred since 2014, and all of them had overall damages exceeding $1B USD per event. With global climate change inten ...

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634 million Africans have no electricity access: microgrids could be the answer

634 million Africans have no electricity access: microgrids could be the answer

Africans got mobiles without ever having landlines In 1994, in sub-Saharan Africa, there were 0.1 mobile phone and 1.1 fixed line subscriptions for every 100 people. Twenty years later in 2014, there were 71 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 peop ...

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Microgrids – Gaining experience and momentum

The economic value of a microgrid, at least for a single user, is sometimes reduced to two elements: its value in providing power when the rest of the grid is not functioning, and its ability to reduce energy cost. When one doesn't have power its val ...

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The challenge of increasing power system support from microgrids

The challenge of increasing power system support from microgrids

One of the upcoming challenges in the energy industry will be the seamless integration of numerous microgrids into the operation of the power system. The Transmission System Operator (TSO) presently sees, on average, an estimated 80-85% of the tot ...

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What is the pathway to a sustainable energy future?

What is the pathway to a sustainable energy future?

As DNV GL's 5th annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum came to a close, we found ourselves drawing certain broad conclusions from the comments and opinions of the more than 30 speakers and panelists. Broadly stated, here are a few key takeaw ...

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Microgrids: where the action will be in the next few years

This author no longer works for DNV GL. Microgrids appear to be a bottom-up market-driven phenomenon that is gaining penetration and market share based on decisions by facility operators and real estate developers, without additional government in ...

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The Virtual Power Plant—making it happen

The Virtual Power Plant is the working title assigned to the modern electric system architecture and operations envisioned by utility industry leaders. The VPP integrates the operation of supply- and demand-side assets to meet customer demand for ene ...

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