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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]

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]

3 Ways to Make Our Electric System Stronger Using Energy Efficiency

July 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Efficiency and Electrical Systems Strength

California has long proven that saving energy is good for our wallets, good for the air we breathe, and good for meeting our environmental goals. But California is in the forefront of proving something new: that saving energy actually can make our electric system stronger.[read more]

Money for Nothing?

May 13, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Electricity and Balance

Since the very beginning of electricity grids, demand has fluctuated and supply has been made to follow along. But for decades, economists and quite a few grid engineers have been dreaming of having demand play a more active role in balancing the system.[read more]

Boulder Moves One Step Closer to Localizing the Electric Grid

November 10, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Boulder, Colorado overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that moves the city closer to buying the local grid from the state's largest utility. Question 2E, a ballot measure that set a target price for purchasing grid assets, was passed with more than 64 percent of the vote.[read more]

On-Bill Repayment Programs Need the Will to Succeed in California

October 15, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Financial innovations are a key driver for transforming the traditional grid into a Smart Grid that can complete the vision of Transactive Energy. Financial innovations that encourage improvements have real potential to save money and reduce carbon footprints.[read more]

Enel Commissions New Romanian 6.5 MW Solar PV Plant

October 12, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Global operator Enel Green Power has announced the connection of the Colibasi PV plant to the Romanian power grid. The 6.5 MW photovoltaic plant is set to be able to generate approximately 8 million kWh of electricity a year, enough to power around 7,000 average Romanian households.[read more]

Will Energy Storage Save the Grid?

September 30, 2013 by James Greenberger
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It has long been assumed that the rise of distributed generation is a good thing for the grid and for the electricity storage business, but both assumptions should be questioned. For a grid largely based on distributed generation will have benefits, it will also have drawbacks.[read more]

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Creating an Equitable Grid: Should We Be Worried?

September 25, 2013 by Casey Canfield
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Energy Poverty and the Grid

The future of reliable energy is in jeopardy, for the poor. Historically, equitable grids, which fairly distribute to all consumers, were the best choice economically, but new proposals to upgrade the American grid fail to account for the needs of low-income consumers.[read more]

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Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 1

August 5, 2013 by Steven Collier

A DC subsystem, or “nanogrid,” in a home or business might power essential loads, particularly electronic devices that enable our interactions with the world around us and that account for an increasing proportion of our electric energy consumption.[read more]

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Transforming China’s Grid: Will Coal Remain King in China’s Energy Mix?

July 23, 2013 by Michael Davidson
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Transforming China's Grid

China’s coal sector from mine to boiler is undergoing a massive consolidation designed to increase efficiency. Coal’s supreme position in the energy mix appears to be unassailable. Scratch deeper and challenges begin to surface.[read more]

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Transforming China's Grid: Obstacles on the Path to a National Carbon Trading System

July 10, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Transforming China's Grid

This is the first post of a multi-part series on Transforming China’s Grid, where I will be critically examining China’s efforts to reinvent and decarbonize its power sector and related energy goals.[read more]

Smart Grid: American Energy Independence

July 9, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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If Ben Franklin, an early experimenter with electricity and inventor of the Franklin stove were alive today, he would recognize the potential of Smart Grid technologies to revolutionize our energy model, and he’d embrace them.[read more]

California Grid Operator Asks Geothermal to Help Feed the Duck

June 30, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Geothermal Energy and Duck Feeding

California’s 33-percent-renewables-by-2020 mandate is becoming a reality, and the state’s electricity system operator wants the geothermal industry to help keep the grid stable as more generation comes from variable resources.[read more]

Breakthroughs Could Solve Renewable Energy-Electrical Grid Integration

June 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Renewables and Electrical Grids

Grid integration is the million-dollar question for clean energy – as renewables, electric vehicles, and the smart grid scale up, how will they impact reliability? Well, we now have a million-dollar answer from the Department of Energy.[read more]