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PEER: Achieving Smart Cities, Utilities, and Campuses

Electric utilities nationwide are facing some very serious challenges—growing electricity demands, rising operational costs, and concern over unpredictable weather. A strong electrical infrastructure is the first step toward achieving a modernized grid, and a standard to build toward can help measure that progress. To fill that gap, Green Business Certification Inc. administers the Performance Excellence […]

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A Long-Term Look at Wind Versus Solar

There’s seemingly been so much buzz in the trade media about new large solar projects that the continued construction of large wind plants almost goes unnoticed, even though it continues to happen. MidAmerican Energy Co., for example, in June announced a conditional agreement with Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide 1,000 wind turbines for […]

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When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be simple to cite the fact that, for the first time, a municipal utility combined solar power with energy storage. That’s noteworthy, but the real […]

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The UK’s Move for Smarter Grid Investment

As I explained in an earlier blog item, the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, or Ofgem, created RIIO to encourage distribution network operators to return money to customers by making the right business decisions and to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, RIIO, which stands for Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs, also serves as a […]

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The Challenges of Achieving 100% Renewable Energy

Discussion has been growing lately regarding the pursuit of 100% renewable energy. Achieving that goal already is starting to occur, albeit for only short periods. Portugal reportedly went four consecutive days running on entirely renewable energy. And during a few hours on May 8 in Germany, solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants reportedly generated approximately […]

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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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