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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman
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Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]

Good Electricity Grids Make Good Neighbors

November 22, 2013 by Daniel Kammen
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In the poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost asserted that “good fences make good neighbors.” World history is replete with foreign policy built around physical walls, from Emperor Hadrian, to the Great Wall of China. Today we face a different situation, where “front lines” of conflict have disappeared.[read more]

Resilient Cities from Ahmedabad to Atlantic City Actively Prepare for Climate Change

November 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

City Resiliency

President Obama’s executive order calling for federal agencies to build resilience against extreme weather is a fitting response on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Climate change knows no boundaries, and key efforts at all levels of government are critical.[read more]

Multiple Paths to Grid Evolution: No One Size Fits All

October 2, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The primary Smart Grid transformation drivers are technology, policy, and financial innovations. Of these three drivers, technology and policy are much further advanced than finance. Perhaps no country has been more aggressive in its policy innovations than Germany.[read more]

Vaclav Smil is Correct: Never Forecast

June 8, 2013 by Robert Wilson
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exponential solar growth?

Adding 1,200 GW of new solar to electricity grids each year will quickly see solar power saturating. Will we figure out how to store electricity on a multi gigawatt scale within a decade?[read more]

Global Grid Energy Storage Market to Reach $10.4 Billion in 2017

June 1, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Lux Research have released a new report which states that grid storage demand will grow to $10.4 billion in 2017. The market has grown surprisingly fast, starting from a modest $200 million in 2012, making the $10.4 billion figure extraordinary.[read more]

New York Strengthens Electric Grid for Storm Season

June 1, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Several electric utility executives and trade associations met with President Obama in early May to discuss how response to extreme weather situations can be improved, and some utilities are wasting no time.[read more]

Making Buildings Part of the Smart Grid Solution

May 28, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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It will take time to get from point A, today’s grid and building technologies and power markets to point B, a Smart Grid with intelligent buildings and transactive markets, but it can be done.[read more]

Grid-Scale Energy Storage on the Cusp of True Market Entry

May 25, 2013 by Eric Wesoff
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energy storage the holy grail?

Energy storage is often called the holy grail of renewable energy. The problem with the "grail" language is that the grail was never located. At least not with a compelling business case.[read more]

Plug-and-Play Grid Energy Storage Thanks to 1Energy’s Software

May 24, 2013 by Jeff St. John

energy storage

A host of startups are working on software to optimize on-site energy storage systems to avoid peak demand charges, meet demand response calls, or keep the lights on during emergencies.[read more]

Situational Awareness in Distribution Grid Helps Make Utilities Smarter

March 19, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Utilities are projected to invest $3 Billion per year by 2015 to upgrade their distribution grids to accommodate increased renewables and energy storage assets.[read more]

The Smart Grid – More Than Grid Modernization, It’s Grid Transformation

January 15, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Smart Grid via Shutterstock

The Smart Grid is all about grid modernization and transformation. When we modernize the grid, we update technologies, but leave in place existing energy sources, existing business models, and existing policies. When we transform the grid, we exchange old energy sources for new ones, reinvent business models, and revise policies to...[read more]

The Smart Grid – Shifting Paradigms for Consumers

August 14, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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High Voltage Post via Shutterstock

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]

Grid Approvals Needed Immediately for 3rd Round of Offshore Wind Farms

January 10, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

Grid upgrades need to be approved immediately if the wind energy industry is to avoid delays in the build-out of new offshore wind farms according to the British Wind Energy Association. The announcement of the 3rd round of UK offshore wind farms made by the Crown Estate on Friday could lead to a quarter of the UK’s electricity coming...[read more]

Can our Grid System Cope with Domestic Renewable Energy?

September 6, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

With more people wanting to be energy self sufficient and goverments providing financial incentives to make this ideal more affordable, we are looking at a future where domestic energy generation is rolled out to the masses.In the UK, National Grid operate the high level grid infrastructure (generally any substations, power lines or...[read more]