grid infrastructure

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

July 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Markets

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Is the U.S. Investing Enough in Electricity Grid Reliability?

June 16, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

The Grid and the Risk of Squirrels

We had a 2-hour power outage at our house last week, together with 45,000 other customers in the East Bay. The lights flickered off just after 8PM and didn’t come back on until after 10PM. Nothing like going without something that you take for granted to make you realize just how valuable it is.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

New Jersey Should Leverage Private Capital to Achieve Resilient Energy Goals

January 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New Jersey Energy Goals and Investment

Since Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey’s antiquated power grid, the state has been investing heavily in enhancing the grid’s resilience and promoting clean energy technologies to upgrade to a smarter, more flexible system that can keep people safe and warm when they need it most.[read more]

Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

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

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

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

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

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

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]