Ameren Company is a large-scale utility that serves 2.4 million electricity customers. Ameren Illinois sought to build a microgrid to support both the Technology Applications Center at the University of Illinois campus and a residential load in Champaign, IL.
Ameren’s primary goals were to learn more about integrating Distributed Energy Resources into its distribution system, while enhancing power reliability and resiliency.
IPERC’s GridMaster Microgrid Control System is the conductor of the symphony that is the Ameren microgrid. The integrated hardware and software system has a distributed control architecture, which enhances the resiliency of the installation by eliminating single points of failure.
The GridMaster is built from the ground up to adhere to IPERC’s Defense in Depth cybersecurity protocol. It is the only microgrid control system to hold an Authorization to Operate accreditation from the Department of Defense.