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Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

July 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Future Energy Planning

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water infrastructures for the future.[read more]

Global Energy Demand Growth? Follow the Shovels in the Ground

June 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Demand Growth

A key indicator of global energy production and consumption growth is mega-project construction. Where are the world’s largest power plants, mining operations, oil & gas developments, utility-scale renewable energy projects or desalination plants being built?[read more]

Transnational Energy Infrastructure as Backbone of Potential 'Regional Power Pools' in Africa

May 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Transnational Energy Infrastructure

It is no news that across the African continent infrastructure investment and thus development has lagged behind. According to estimates by Jean Claude Gandur, founder of Addax Energy, Africa has been investing 4 percent of its GDP in infrastructure, compared to China’s 14 percent.[read more]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

April 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Optimal Energy Infrastructure

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure.[read more]

Powering Myanmar: FDI, Geopolitics, and the Appetite for Risk

March 31, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Myanmar and Development Risk

While residents of Myanmar protest over electricity – sometimes on pricing, other times on access and most recently on environmental concerns and Chinese involvement – foreign investors are watching Myanmar’s opening economy with hungry eyes.[read more]

Fueling the Industrial Heartland

March 31, 2014 by David Hone
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Fueling the Heartland

There is no doubt that solar PV uptake is faster than most commentators imagined and it is clear that this is starting to change the landscape for the utility sector, but talk of “death spirals” may, in the words of Mark Twain, be an exaggeration.[read more]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

Report: China Outspent US on Smart Grid in 2013

February 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John

After years of predictions that China will take the lead from the United States on smart grid investment, it appears that the moment has arrived. China invested $4.3 billion on smart grid in 2013, far outpacing U.S. spending of $3.6 billion in the same period.[read more]

In the Dark, Again and Again

February 11, 2014 by Lewis Milford
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If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff is not a climate resilient solution.[read more]

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China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

February 3, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China's Electricity Sector

It is quite a challenge to pin down an electricity system that has grown 10.8 percent annually over the last decade, doubled power generation in just 7 years and added 80-90 gigawatts (GW) – the equivalent of the United Kingdom’s entire generating capacity –every year.[read more]

When it Comes to Our Need for Electricity, Reliability is Essential

December 31, 2013 by Milton Caplan
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Infrastructure Reliability

Over this holiday season in North America the importance of electricity to our very survival has become more evident. On the Friday before Christmas the northeast United States and Canada were hit with a massive ice storm. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power.[read more]

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

December 4, 2013 by Justin Guay

Infrastructure and Energy

While it could potentially be clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the real barrier to ramping up efforts to finally move 1.3 billion people around the whole world from darkness to light.[read more]

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How the US Energy Renaissance and Infrastructure Build-out Benefits American Households

December 2, 2013 by Mary Lyman
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The prosperity of the American economy is in many ways dependent on a robust national energy infrastructure that moves energy resources from the production fields to our communities. This infrastructure is a complex network of pipelines, storage facilities, and refined products that fuel the country.[read more]

A Smart Grid Thanksgiving List

November 27, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The Atlantic magazine had a recent article about the top 50 innovations in human history in the last 6000 years. Number one on the list was the printing press. Will any current or future technology breakthroughs found in Smart Grid buildouts be identified in a similar list in 25 years?[read more]