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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: Transmission/Distribution

Transmission/Distribution


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."

How Are Distributed Energy Resources Affecting Transmission System Operators?

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-resources-affecting-transmission-system-operators/

"Distributed energy resources (DERs) may be a competitive concern for traditional electric generators, but for independent system operators, DERs offer both benefits and challenges. Here’s what POWER learned about how system operators are responding to DERs."

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

New Buildings Institute, Feb. 22, 2016, by Alexi Miller.
http://newbuildings.org/zero-net-energy-buildings-and-the-grid/

"As zero net energy (ZNE) and other low-energy buildings become increasingly common, we have to think about how different ZNE strategies can interact with their local electricity grids. The electricity grid was built as a one-way street, with energy flowing from the power plant to the consumer. Widely distributed renewable energy systems and other cutting-edge building technologies will change that equation."

Michigan, Nevada, and Virginia Governors Launch Energy System Modernization Roadmapping through NASEO Initiative Supported by DOE

National Association of State Energy Officials, February 3, 2016.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/e-map-award-press-release.pdf

"Today, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) announced the selection of the Michigan Energy Office, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy as the pilot states for NASEO’s Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) program. The governors of the three states committed to the 18-month, state-led process which will develop an energy system modernization roadmap aimed at addressing a growing range of interdependent electricity system and market issues."

DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 14, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/21618

"Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid."

Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operation and Planning Activities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity and Markets and Policy Group, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/future-opportunities-and-challenges

"The design and operation of the electric distribution system in the United States has been relatively constant and stable for many decades. Its simple radial "hub-and-spoke" design has effectively and efficiently transported electricity from the bulk power system to end-use customers. However, factors are at play that may fundamentally change the design and operation of the electric distribution system in the coming decade.... This scoping study focuses on identifying the ability for current and future Demand Response opportunities to contribute to distribution system management."

Marijuana Grow Houses Trigger 7 Summer Outages for Pacific Power

Utility Dive, Nov. 6, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-grow-houses-trigger-7-summer-outages-for-pacific-power/408741/

"Pacific Power is urging would-be home growers to consult with the utility before starting up their marijuana operations, same as they should any time a customer intends to significantly increase their power load."

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."

WSU to Help Improve Cyber Security in Energy Delivery

WSU News, Oct. 12, 2015, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/12/wsu-to-help-improve-cyber-security-in-energy-delivery/

"Washington State University will participate in a new, five-year $28.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to improve computer/communication networks for energy delivery systems like power grids and pipelines."

Energy Storage: Changing the Game, Changing the Grid

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Paul Clampoli and Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44477

"Energy storage is emerging as a jack-of-all-trades resource. It's essential to renewable generation proliferation, the backbone of the smartphone decade, and the technology behind peak-shaving, grid-shoring, and other ancillary services. It also holds the key to the future grid, but there are still some obstacles standing in its way."
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