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Energy Sources, Infrastructure, and Geopolitics: The Necessary Underpinnings to Resiliency Planning

March 11, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid has to accomplish two objectives from an infrastructure perspective to achieve grid modernization. It has to upgrade the 20th century electrical grid infrastructure to the 21st century, and meld it with a modern, robust, and secure communications network infrastructure.[read more]

New York Plans $40M in Prizes for Storm-Resilient Microgrids

January 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. Will that be enough to overcome barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in the Empire State?[read more]

One Year Following Sandy, Go Out And Create A (Micro)grid You Can Be Proud Of

November 9, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Microgrids and Resiliency

It’s tough to believe that only one year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck the Atlantic coast. The devastation from the massive storm was wide-spread and unyielding, and ended up knocking out power to over 8.5 million people in a matter of hours.[read more]

Solar Storage: The New Resilient Clean Energy Technology

November 5, 2013 by Lewis Milford

Clean Energy Group's new Resilient Power Project is helping states figure out how to provide resilient power to critical infrastructure, so that needed services can be provided during a natural disaster that knocks out portions of the electric grid.[read more]

How On-Bill Finance Innovates Energy Efficiency Investments

October 8, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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We need big and bold thinking at our national level to address climate change and grid resiliency. Transactive energy is one example of that type of thinking. Big and bold thinking also has to apply to financial innovations to build a Smart Grid.[read more]

Funding Mechanism Needed to Improve Grid Resilience

August 25, 2013 by James Greenberger
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It is not enough to identify and quantify the problem of power outages. It is also not enough to design a strategy to decrease the frequency and duration of those outages. The federal government needs to come up with a plan to pay for that strategy.[read more]

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Webinar Replay: Gone With The Wind? Understanding Grid Resiliency

May 31, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Regulators – State vs. Federal:  Who has authority where? Is the federal government really as responsible as you think it is?What impact do utilities have? Can corporate culture be to blame for a 'bad' grid? What about multi-state utilities?How & Where are innovations happening? Are there gaps in the space that still need to be...[read more]

Of Smart Grids and Resilience: Where’s My Microgrid?

April 13, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

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You can’t throw a stone at smart grid conference these days and not hit a panel talking about microgrids. The chatter is incessant, but the actual work done to date has been far more limited.[read more]

Grid Resiliency As a Social Benefit

April 9, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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Grid modernization offers tempting prosumer opportunities for commercial and residential consumers to enable at least some degree of self-sufficiency and reduce their payments.[read more]

How CHP Stepped Up When the Power Went Out During Hurricane Sandy

December 7, 2012 by Anna Chittum

As noted in recent blog posts by Forbes contributor William Pentland and the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, it’s instructive to look at where the lights stayed on during Hurricane Sandy to understand what makes certain places more resilient than others. While 8.5 million customers lost power during Sandy, a small number of facilities (...[read more]

The Smart Grid – Shifting Paradigms for Consumers

August 14, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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High Voltage Post via Shutterstock

Resiliency.  It’s important for people (how well do we survive challenges), cities (how quickly can urban environments rebound from an earthquake or major weather event), and nations (how effectively can a country recover from a widespread catastrophe).   As discussed in previous articles, today’s electricity grid lacks...[read more]

Can New Market Participants Make the Grid more Resilient?

August 7, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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Power Lines via Shutterstock

Back when the light bulb was the killer app of 1879 and the nascent electrical grid was shaped by a series of technological innovations, reliability was the most important metric to structure grid performance expectations.   People had much less reliance on the grid then.  The economy could get along with the technologies...[read more]

Grid Resiliency Is Required for Improved Grid Reliability

March 26, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-chairs of the recent Smart Grid study titled “The Future of the Electric Grid”  just visited Silicon Valley to discuss their report with investors and entrepreneurs.   If you haven’t read the study, I recommend it because it’s an interesting read.  The study co-...[read more]