power grid


Can Buildings Help Regulate the Power Grid and Integrate Renewable Energy?

November 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Buildings, Renewables, and Grid Integration

Grid operators may have a new ally in their efforts to integrate renewables and regulate the frequency of the grid: buildings. Variable-speed drives used to run heating and cooling systems can be modulated in response to signals from grid operators, helping keep the frequency of electricity flowing across the grid.[read more]

Helping People Understand the Power Grid [VIDEO]

September 6, 2014 by Rod Adams

Explaining the Grid

Recently, the Institute for Energy Research launched a project to help people gain a better understanding of the electric power grid, a marvel of modern society that most people take for granted — unless its product delivery is interrupted for more than a few minutes.[read more]

5 Tips to Cybersecure the Power Grid

April 25, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Securing the Grid

If anyone knows about cybersecurity of the power grid, it’s Seán McGurk. As head of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team from 2008 to 2012, he led the fight against attacks on utilities and energy companies during a period when such threats grew to a flood.[read more]

The Real Balkanization of the Power Grid

November 7, 2013 by James Bushnell

Grid Balkanization

The New York Times ran a prominent article that focused on a familiar stalking horse: the difficulties building new transmission. The gist is that we have a system with so many jurisdictions that building transmission to connect them becomes embroiled in turf-wars and rent-seeking.[read more]

ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Integration of Energy Infrastructure

September 17, 2011 by Beni Suryadi

ASEAN is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world and has a fast rising energy demand driven by economic and demographic growth. ASEAN has been demonstrating a sharp rebound from the global crisis. In 2010 the region’s real GDP grew above the world average with some countries even recording two-digit economic growth...[read more]

EEStor’s latest patent: large-scale grid storage for renewables

June 3, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

Since it’s been all-too-quiet on the EEStor front, I figured I’d at least draw attention to the company’s latest patent approval — this one titled “Systems and Methods for Utility Grid Power Averaging, Long Term Uninterruptible Power Supply…” A link to the patent, which was just approved a few days ago by the U.S. patent office, can be...[read more]

Making the dumb grid smarter

October 22, 2007 by Marc Gunther

“You know how we find out when the power goes out somewhere in our system?” Peter Darbee asks me.I don’t know. Peter is the CEO of PG&E Corp., a $12.5-billion-a-year utility company in northern California. We had lunch recently at the National Press Club in Washington.“We get a phone call,” he says.“You know what we do?” he asks....[read more]