The UK’s Road to Carbon Neutrality

The UK government has set a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and it has established various goals to meet that objective, including generating more power using renewable sources. However, despite its successes in adding more renewable electricity generation, the country has a long way to go to becoming carbon neutral in the next [...]

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Distribution Automation Is Paying Big Dividends

It was with great satisfaction to read the recent announcement from Florida Power & Light (FPL) that its smart grid investment is paying big dividends both for itself and its nearly 5 million customers. FPL says its development of a “stronger and smarter grid” led to an operational savings of more than $46 million last [...]

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Energy Storage Quickly Becoming a Capital-Deferment Tool

Utilities are deploying a variety of new technologies to improve their bottom lines. Distribution automation, for example, is helping reduce costs through greater efficiency, reduced truck rolls, and other benefits. Utilities need to view energy storage in a similar light. As the price of energy storage continues to decline, it’s going to provide more and [...]

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Energy Storage Market Requires an Understanding of How to Analyze Valuable Battery Data

About one year ago I described in a blog item three minimum requirements investors in energy storage systems should demand from their system integrator: bankability, deep utility experience, and a long-term strategy. Each of these, I wrote, factor in to the experience and perspective necessary to address customers’ energy storage and power system needs.

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3 Key Observations from DistribuTECH 2016

With thousands of distribution specialists and others attending the DistribuTECH 2016 Conference and Exhibition earlier this month, it wasn’t difficult to identify some common themes and observations. I quickly noted a key shift within the show that seemed out of sync with market demand. And as I chatted with folks visiting S&C’s booth, some expressed [...]

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With Tax Credits Extended, Will Wind Compete with, or Complement, Solar?

Congress’ approval late last year to extend tax credits to the wind and solar industries for an additional five years will have two big impacts. First, it will allow for steady continued market growth. Secondly, it will provide solar and wind technology and supply-chain improvement additional time to approach the levelized cost of energy of [...]

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