Microgrid Solutions

The microgrid is a critical component for the U.S. and global energy economy. It is uniquely equipped to deliver electricity that is secure, reliable, affordable, and generated by preferred resources to consumers where they want it, when they want it, how they want it.

THE ENERGY GROUP’S MICROGRID SOLUTION


Our advanced microgrid solution ensures that operational and economic goals are realized while reliably meeting energy demand. We provide you with the flexibility to locally-manage your Microgrid or the option to have The Energy Group manage it for you.

The Energy Group’s microgrid solution uses the same tools,techniques and best practices that we use to support the operation of Balancing Authorities and vertically integrated utilities. The Energy Group, through its affiliates, operates a utility-scale Energy Management system (EMS) that integrates and optimizes grid assets, power generation assets and controllable loads.

THE PRIMARY BENEFITS OF A MICROGRID ARE

  • Improved power resiliency, flexibility, stability and reliability
  • Providing economic electricity to critical loads
  • Potential to increase deployment of low carbon generation sources.

These benefits are derived from automating the integration and optimized dispatch of various sources of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), load control, and defining the interconnection relationship with the main transmission grid.

 
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MICROGRID KEY ATTRIBUTES

  • Support integration of clean renewable energy resources
  • Enabled island-mode or grid-connected operations
  • Improved reliability and power quality
  • Support of emergency operations
  • Enabled participation in demand response and ancillary services markets

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USER-LEVEL MANAGEMENT

The Energy Group's strategic alliance partners use a Microgrid Management Suite (MMS) that allows you to take control over your Microgrid. Our user-friendly dashboard puts all the relevant information at your fingertips and enables you to view, change, and interact with the various functions on your Microgrid.


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GRID-LEVEL MANAGEMENT

At the grid level, The Energy Group's strategic alliance partnerships uses powerful supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management Systems (EMS) to help customers optimize their entire energy infrastructure and interact with the grid at large. This can provide economic and reliability opportunities to your organization that might not otherwise be available. The Energy Group has years of experience managing Balancing Authorities and local Control Areas across the country and is well-positioned to help you get the most out your microgrid resources.


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Regional Total Microgrid Generation Capacities by End-User Type

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POWER GENERATION

The Energy Group has integration experience with a broad power generation portfolio including: distributed photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated PV, wind, gas, steam turbines, conventional coal, hydroelectric generation, and power conversion systems for electric energy storage.

The Energy Group also has intimate experience with control systems used to aggregate and economically optimize the dispatch of distributed generation resources for both electricity and heat production (a “virtual” power plant).

POWER CONSUMPTION

The Energy Group has multiple demand side management strategies for wholesale systems as well as industrial, commercial and residential consumers which include everything from building automation systems, to industrial energy optimization systems.

WHAT IS A MICROGRID?

A microgrid is a group of interconnected electrical loads and energy resources within a clearly defined electrical boundary that functions as a single controllable entity. A microgrid can connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or island-mode as physical and/or economic conditions dictate.

The Energy Group (TEG) takes a broad view when designing microgrid systems in order to most efficiently serve loads by integrating existing and complementary generation with innovative and interactive energy management systems.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
  • Quality
  • Flexibility
  • Stability
  • Reliability
  • Economic Electricity
These benefits are derived from automating the integration and optimized dispatch of various sources of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), load control, and defining the interconnection relationship with the main transmission grid.

Key Attributes

  • Grouped interconnected electrical loads and distributed energy resources (DERs)
  • Enabled island-mode or grid-connected operations
  • A single controllable entity
  • Improved reliability and power quality
  • Support of emergency operations
  • Ability to “ride through” outages on the main transmission grid
  • Optimize resource output
  • Enabled participation in demand response and ancillary services markets

THE ENERGY GROUP’S MICROGRID HANDS-ON DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

  • Research, development, and small-scale demonstrations of advanced technologies that drive innovation.
  • Established partnerships with technology providers to coordinate solutions to particular challenges.
  • Strategic coordination with stakeholders in order to broadly scope options and define solutions.

MICROGRID CONTROL

Microgrids require intelligent, automated systems that safely and reliably operate devices in the most efficient manner possible. Through The Energy Group’s strategic alliance partnerships, we have a portfolio of proven systems capable of managing a microgrid of any size and purpose.

TEG’s experts will help you determine the proper system depending on the size and complexity of your microgrid and your desired level of control. Once your microgrid is defined, our Microgrid Management Suite (MMS) of software tools will empower you to get the most out of it.

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The Process

THE-PROCESS
  • Survey Existing Assets / Infrastructure
  • Prepare Economic Feasibility Study – Identify required investments – Identify options for increasing returns
  • Prepare Technical Feasibility Studies
  • Design Preparation – Identify required upgrades and additions – Identify controls required to meet objectives – Assess grid interconnection requirements
  • Pre-deploy Validation and On-site Commissioning
  • Post-deploy support and metrics to ensure objectives and benefits are achieved

OBJECTIVES & REQUIREMENTS

The Energy Group works with you to design and deliver a comprehensive, integrated microgrid solution that meets your needs. We have the ability to manage multiple energy sources, advanced control systems, and transmission and distribution assets utilizing a 24/7 Control Center. With years of real-time operations and energy management experience, we are well-positioned to design, implement, and operate microgrid solutions. Additionally, we have developed best practices for project management that enable projects to be delivered on time and on budget – an approach critical to our customers’ success.

5-COMPONENT PROCESS STEPS

Planning & Engineering

During the Planning & Engineering step, TEG collects all relevant data and conducts extensive, on- site planning and engineering assessments. In this step, we will explore potential solutions in terms of their security, reliability, and environmental sustainability. Then, in coordination with our customer, we will refine the design and engineering details and financial requirements needed to meet our agreed upon objectives.

In this step, we will also evaluate Federal and State regulations, local utility policies, and other critical requirements, as they relate to the project. The Energy Group’s plan will address long-term operational targets, key performance indicators, compliance with regulatory requirements, and identification of partners that can facilitate the deployment of your microgrid.

Equipment Evaluation & Procurement

Based upon the design and engineering details established in step 1, TEG evaluates potential equipment options and suppliers that satisfy project requirements and minimize technical, integration, and delivery risks. Step 2 also specifies roles and responsibilities, project milestones, and deliverables in order to meet customer objectives.

Testing, Installation and Commissioning

This step of the microgrid project consists of three sequential phases:

  • Equipment testing
  • Site installation
  • Commissioning and field testing

The Energy Group thoroughly tests all components of our microgrid systems to ensure that all equipment meets the required specifications and also that software and hardware systems are fully integrated and functioning as intended.

This step also involves on-site commissioning performed by our experienced engineers and system integrators.
Depending upon the project, this step may also involve strategic partners during commissioning if specialized equipment or software is used. Once all hardware and software is installed, we will thoroughly test the system and go through the site acceptance process with the customer.

Communication & Data Transfer

Working with our customer and the implementation team, The Energy Group provides the customer with a secure portal to view and interact with the designed system. We also verify and validate the data used by the Microgrid Management Suite (MMS) to ensure data integrity and reliability.

Operation & Maintenance

The Energy Group works with the customer to ensure that the systems perform as designed. At this point, the Microgrid system is available for commercial operations.

c1 Electric Utilities

Utilities are well positioned to evaluate and implement new business models that support solutions and services in both regulated and unregulated markets. Renewable resource targets, regulatory mandates, critical loads, and aging infrastructure are strong business drivers for utilities to support their customers with distributed energy solutions, including microgrids.

c2 Munis, Co-ops & Cities

Local, state, and federal governments are creating incentives and programs for investment in microgrid systems. Localized energy generation and associated advanced control systems provide significant reliability, security and economic improvements for many cities and municipalities our nation. Energy reliability and resiliency against events that cause grid outages, regulatory changes, and cost effective solutions are driving communities throughout North America to consider microgrid solutions.

c3 Governments

Energy Security for mission critical facilities, aging infrastructure, energy cost reduction, renewable targets and emissions reductions are all drivers for military installations to invest in microgrid technology. Most federal bases currently have or are integrating on-site generation into a broad-scale energy infrastructure architecture that includes strong control and communications networks

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Reduced energy costs interest in securing renewable resources and on-site energy to enhance reliability, sustainability and for technology leadership purposes are all reasons that industrial and commercial campuses are looking for advanced microgrid solutions. As privately-owned and operated entities, many Commercial and Industrial customers recognize the value in technological solutions that provide value and avoid implementation barriers.

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