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Design Considerations for a Reliable Microgrid

Microgrid reliability
   Reliable electric service is growing in importance to our lives and to the economy, but threats to reliable electricity are also proliferating. The threats seem to be coming from an ever-growing list of sources: wildfires, extreme cold, record floods, hurricanes, extreme storms, and cyberattacks. Fortunately, innovation and technology are keeping pace with the threats. Increasingly, businesses, utilities, government agencies, hospitals, as well as universities and research organizat...
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States Leading on Energy Storage — but the Feds can Still Help

States Leading on Energy Storage — but the Feds can Still Help
Before it adjourned last year, Congress declined to act on multiple pieces of energy storage legislation including the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019. But across the country, states are taking the lead in advancing this innovative technology –– opening new opportunities for commercial and industrial facilities seeking to incorporate storage into their energy mix. The state action makes sense, given the urgent need for resilient energy. Our aging grid infrastructure and t...
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Four Levels of Energy Resiliency: Which is Right for You?

Four Levels of Energy Resiliency: Which is Right for You?
Ice on power lines, fierce winds, and severe cold are the ingredients for winter power outages. For businesses, loss of electricity is more than an annoyance — it damages the bottom line.  The cost? It’s not small. An Esource study found that on average, outages of four hours cost $10,000 to $20,000. Costs can be even steeper for industries that risk product spoilage and must shut down and clean up equipment even if the outage is brief. Unfortunately, power outages occur all too often. A 20...
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