grid resiliency

New Jersey Should Leverage Private Capital to Achieve Resilient Energy Goals

January 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New Jersey Energy Goals and Investment

Since Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey’s antiquated power grid, the state has been investing heavily in enhancing the grid’s resilience and promoting clean energy technologies to upgrade to a smarter, more flexible system that can keep people safe and warm when they need it most.[read more]

The Sun May Promote Adoption of Storage Technology In More Ways Than One

July 28, 2014 by James Greenberger

An interesting story in the press recently may portend a major driver of the storage market, this one also driven by the sun. NASA reports that in 2012 the earth narrowly missed being hit by a powerful coronal mass ejection event, which would have devastated the electricity grid, had it hit the earth directly.[read more]

Resiliency Through Microgrids; EVs and PV: 'Great Tastes that Taste Great Together'

July 20, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Microgrids and Resiliency


The electrical grid is an aging beast, cobbled together from disparate pieces to form the infrastructure on which all modern life depends. Sometimes it seems like we are teetering at the edge of disaster, a single storm or terrorist attack away from a devastating outage. Can resiliency save us?[read more]

The Polar Vortex and the Power Grid: What Really Happened and Why the Grid will Remain Reliable Without Soon-to-Retire Coal Plants

May 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Polar Vortex and the Grid

In the grip of the “Polar Vortex,” much of the nation experienced an extremely cold winter. The good news is that despite record electricity demand and some of the coldest weather in 20 years, power companies and grid operators kept the lights and heat on.[read more]

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

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

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

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

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]


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


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

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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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]