Microgrid News Highlights — November 21, 2016
Last week, state Bond Commission approved the funding for an expansion of Connecticut’s microgrid program.
Joel Gordes, a West Hartford-based energy consultant, said the state needs to sustain its microgrid program in order to assure the security of its residents and businesses. “The denial of service attacks you saw with some websites are something to which the energy community is not immune. Any way that you can decentralize the grid will help.”
UGE International Ltd. has announced that it has executed a contract for pre-implementation services to build a series of renewable energy powered microgrids in New York City. UGE will deploy the solar-powered microgrid systems at 17 small businesses across the city, concentrated in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
As microgrids become increasingly popular, Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) are exploring ways to protect this new power delivery technology against ever-increasing cyber security threats. Duke Energy is contributing $500,000 to the BIC to purchase cyber lab infrastructure comprising hardware assets, security protocols, and other associated control security infrastructure.
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