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Author Archive | Michael Edmonds

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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Who should pay for storage?

Energy storage is changing the world. I use the word “changing,” as opposed to “will change,” for a reason, as there are more than 750 megawatt hours of operational, grid-scale battery energy storage installed around the world. Despite what some contend, energy storage is beyond the theoretical and test projects. At S&C Electric Company, we’ve […]

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Solutions to Reduce the Shortest Power Outages

Momentary outages are expensive and inconvenient. As I discussed in a recent blog, momentary outages cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year. Today, there are new smart grid solutions that can limit the impact of these brief outages. Take self-healing grid technology. We’ve seen how it can make a huge impact in reducing sustained […]

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The Next Frontier in Power Reliability

After a winter plagued by extremely cold temperatures and numerous storms, frustration about power outages is continuing to grow. We have indeed seen deteriorating power system reliability over the last two decades. At the same time, it seems that we have also grown less tolerant of outages. Major outages of the type that last for […]

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Microgrids: Threat or Opportunity for Utilities?

Microgrids are not just mere hype. They are indeed gaining traction globally, as more electricity customers—particularly businesses that comprise a large percentage of utility revenues—look for new alternatives to reduce costs and increase reliability. In Germany—which is currently undergoing an expensive program to phase out nuclear electricity generation while also integrating more wind and solar […]

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Making Renewables Convenient for Consumers

Recently, I was interested to see a survey showing that consumers value clean energy above reliability. Though I firmly believe that clean energy will play an essential role in our energy future, I worry that such survey results confuse the issue on how consumers value reliability. There may be some consumers who do not want […]

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