Distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids are smaller power sources that can be aggregated to provide power necessary to meet regular demand or to provide power off grid as need. DERs are owned by customers, and the utility has little control or visibility into its operation. It is a large capital expense for colleges and universities to install, and a significant operating expense.
Goals and Objectives
As the electricity grid continues to modernize, DER such as storage and advanced renewable technologies can help facilitate the transition to a smarter grid. For higher education, microgrids and DER can provide resilience if the grid service is interrupted.
Smart meters, smart grid components, grid analytics, customer information systems, GIS, social, and cognitive; smart grid components, controllers, SCADA, grid analytics, 5G, and cloud
Use Case Summary
DERs and microgrids can be self-sustaining for power generation and distribution within a small area. These microgrids can be isolated from the grid or used to support the grid as a distributed energy resource. Manage microgrids as a local energy service and as a reliable resource to help operate the grid.