Evolving the electric utility distribution substation into a microgrid

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Abstract

There is a lot of conversation about microgrids and how they are the future. This seems to be a truth based upon the ever-increasing deployment of DER worldwide. And when the microgrids are described they are typically shown as a self-healing network with a topography that creates a loop of some kind. This might be a great design for new feeder installations, but it would probably mean a lot of additional construction for the existing infrastructure of substations and feeders. In this paper, we review the concept of a microgrid and examine how the existing operational feeders should be completed based upon actual load measurement data. This includes an investigation on how photovoltaic-specific resources would support the feeder for eventual transformation of the feeder into a sustainable microgrid. The simulations show how appropriate deployment of distributed energy resources (DER) will actually harden feeders and substations. However, it should be noticed that the current DER policies of many US States reduce the microgrid potentials to become fully exploited. The result of this paper offers additional directions how to deploy DER on existing infrastructure in a thoughtful and practical manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering, SEGE 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages148-154
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538617755
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 27 2017
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering, SEGE 2017 - Oshawa, Canada
Duration: Aug 14 2017Aug 17 2017

Other

Other5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering, SEGE 2017
CountryCanada
CityOshawa
Period8/14/178/17/17

Keywords

  • DER
  • EPS
  • infrastructure
  • microgrid
  • substation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Maxwell, W. H., Bujanovic, T., & Ghosh, P. K. (2017). Evolving the electric utility distribution substation into a microgrid. In 2017 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering, SEGE 2017 (pp. 148-154). [8052791] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/SEGE.2017.8052791