1. The Oncor Microgrid: What Makes it Like No Other

    The Oncor Microgrid: What Makes it Like No Other

    Details are finally out about the Oncor microgrid, a project of the Texas utility, S&C Electric and Schneider Electric that has created industry buzz because of its sophistication. Today the companies lifted the veil off the completed project near Lancaster, Texas. The new microgrid isn’t particularly large (1.25 MW), but oh what’s inside. Not one microgrid exactly, but four working together (or apart), offering a first-of-a kind automation that hints at the distributed grid to come. Industry visionaries describe a future U.S. grid where multiple microgrids can act in concert. With little or no human interaction, these microgrids of the future puzzle out a complicated dispatch of power and storage that they can share. The goal is to achieve highest reliability at lowest price and integrate renewable energy.

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    1. You have four different microgrids at the site that can be optimized separately. Each one of the zones has either a distributed energy source in it, or an energy storage unit. We physically can control each one of them independently.
    2. Oncor is investing in this microgrid to better understand how microgrids and distributed energy resources can make the grid better.
    3. Oncor has a rich history of working collaboratively with its vendor partners and this is a great opportunity to showcase those relationships in a state-of-the-art microgrid facility.
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