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Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[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]

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

July 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, or BQDM, that it hopes can defer the cost of building a $1 billion substation.[read more]

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
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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]