Archive | May, 2012

The Top Five Things We Expect to See at WINDPOWER 2012

Next week, I will be flying down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend WINDPOWER 2012. The annual AWEA sponsored conference and exposition always proves valuable as a “temperature check” for where the industry is at and where it is heading in both the short term and the long term. I expect this year’s show to be [...]

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Energy Storage: Another Critical Element in Meeting Peak Summer Demand

Meeting peak demand for electricity in the summer—typically the peak of all peaks—is no simple task. It’s also not a task for which there’s a silver bullet. With smart grid technologies, however, this task is getting easier. I recently wrote how volt/var optimization systems offer an easy way for utilities to reduce peak demand, because [...]

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Visualizing Energy Realities Today and Tomorrow

The global energy environment seems to get more complicated by the day. A growing global population, coupled with increased energy demand to power modern technologies, will have big implications for every community around the world. How can we meet these energy needs—and how can we do this in a sustainable manner? To help make sense [...]

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The Easiest Way to Reduce Peak Summer Demand

AOL Energy recently discussed how electric system operators in areas such as Texas are facing potential capacity shortages this summer.  These capacity constraints can leave power system operators between the proverbial rock and a hard place.  They need to either find some way to reduce demand—which can mean rolling blackouts if businesses and consumers don’t [...]

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Biomimicry: How Renewables are Learning from Nature

National Geographic has an interesting article discussing how innovators of renewable technologies are looking at nature for ways to improve upon the design of renewable energy systems.  The concept called biomimicry is fairly simple, over billions of years of evolution, plants and animals have developed better and more efficient ways of capturing energy and we [...]

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Miss the IEEE PES T&D Show? Catch Up on What You Missed

Were you unable to attend this year’s show? Or did you have limited time to spend in the exposition? You can check out the IEEE PES show blog, which includes updates from the event. You can also see what you may have missed in S&C’s booth. We’re featuring videos on S&C’s YouTube channel with remarks [...]

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