Archive | October, 2012

Self-Healing Smart Grids and the Superstorm

A major benefit of smart grid technology—and self-healing solutions in particular—is that they can reduce and even eliminate power outages. But when we confront a massive storm like Hurricane Sandy, does this technology really help? Major sections of the power grid in affected regions experienced significant damage. In fact, in many areas, utilities don’t simply [...]

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Maximising the Fifth Fuel – Energy Efficiency – With Renewables

Europe has committed to various carbon reduction targets along its way to its ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Many people are aware that the electricity sector is a major source of carbon emissions, but few have a clear picture of the inefficiencies that are leading to excess carbon emissions. Many people in [...]

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Infrastructure Investments for the Future Can Provide Benefits Today

With the U.S. presidential election campaign in full swing, one of the topics getting discussion in debates and elsewhere on the campaign trail is the need to invest in America’s future. This type of investment typically means investment in education, energy, and infrastructure. The smarter grid in Chattanooga, Tenn., is highlighting the benefits we can [...]

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Unlocking Energy Efficiency with Energy Storage

In recent blog entries, I discussed the role that renewables can play in improving energy efficiency. The losses typically associated with renewable energy sources are modest compared to conventional electricity generation. However, as the accompanying graphic shows, renewable energy is often wasted because the fuel supply—like strong winds—are often available when demand is low. As [...]

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The Power of the Pilot

When it comes to power industry innovations like energy storage, tidal energy, offshore wind, and microgrids, we tend to hear about a lot of test projects, but we typically don’t see very fast adoption of new technologies. This may lead one to conclude that these “pilot” projects are ineffective in spurring change. However, there is [...]

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Modernising the Grid in a Time of Austerity

In the coming years, the UK is planning to invest on the order of £110 billion in generation and transmission and distribution assets. It’s a big investment, particularly at a period when the EU is struggling with the euro crisis and other nations globally, like China and the U.S., face either slowing or anemic economic [...]

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