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Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Microgrids and Utility Opinions

There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value during major storms or extended outages, they are largely custom-engineered and limited to public facilities like schools, hospitals and military bases.[read more]

What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

July 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review.”[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

July 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years.[read more]

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

July 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States.[read more]

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

July 20, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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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]

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Utility of the Future: Paradigm Shift to Meet a More Distributed, Customer-Focused Energy System in the 21st Century

July 17, 2014 by Sonita Lontoh
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Future Utility Systems

Utilities and energy providers around the world will face unprecedented challenges and changes in the 21st century, among which are the proliferation of distributed energy and the need to be more customer-focused. Successfully addressing these will require a paradigm shift in thinking.[read more]

Why We Need to Bring Early-Stage Venture Investors Into NextWave Greentech

July 9, 2014 by Rob Day

Why do we even need to talk about the next wave of greentech? And what is it, anyway? When I started talking about an emerging next wave of greentech entrepreneurs and investors a couple of years ago, it was admittedly just described as "not what we did during the last decade."[read more]

No More Tinkering: How Reinventing the Oven is Like Reinventing the Grid

July 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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How do you build a better oven? That’s a question Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO for Microsoft and foodie recently discussed. He pointed out that today’s electric or natural gas-powered oven is designed on the principle first put forward five thousand years ago to dry clay bricks.[read more]

GE Opens a Pricing War Over the Connected LED Light Bulb

July 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light bulb for their homes that can be controlled from a smartphone.[read more]

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

July 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Grid Advancement Locations

The grid edge is all around us. Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional borders and leaving their imprint on the grid.[read more]

Greening IT: Big Data has Big Energy Appetite

June 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

IT Energy Use and Efficiency

With the proliferation of smart phones, smart grids and the “internet of things,” comes enormously energy-intensive data transfer, storage and management requirements. Data centers are rapidly expanding and these centers all have fairly significant power and cooling demand requirements.[read more]

Rise of the Prosumer: Will Homeowners Ever Be More Important Than Power Plants?

June 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A lot of people in the energy business are making predictions about what the future of electricity service will look like. Although scenarios vary considerably, most agree that consumer choice will be one of the biggest factors changing the way power companies deliver service over the next decade.[read more]

5 Key Disruptors on the Grid Edge

June 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Grid Disruption Forces

The grid edge is a complex realm, combining traditional utility operations with the emerging world of distributed energy generation and control. Greentech Media’s inaugural Grid Edge Live conference, taking place this week in San Diego, is dedicated to finding solutions to these complex, emerging challenges.[read more]

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Who Will Build Tomorrow's Grid? Smart Grid & the Expertise Challenge [Webcast Recording]

June 24, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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The opportunities created by the integration of modern information technology into power grids have become well-known in recent years - both in terms of the efficiency and reliability of our energy system, and for the business models of utilities. But does the professional expertise available in this field match our expectations for rapid smart grid implementation?[read more]