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Smart Grids: Predictions for 2015 and Beyond

With 2014 now behind us, recent energy trends portend a future where utilities must react to stay in stride with changing market demands. These pressures, however, will not affect all utilities similarly, and certainly not all at once. Indeed, as distributed power generation grows, the subsequent disruption to the electrical grid will lead to a [...]

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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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Energy Storage Is Essential for Grid Efficiency

Utilities have always strived to balance electricity production with demand using traditional generation. Primary sources are coal and nuclear power plants along with natural gas turbines, including the inefficient and costly “peaker” plants that are used only during periods of unusually high demand, typically a few dozen hours per year. To help make the grid [...]

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The Year in Solar Energy: What We’ve Gained

Solar has become an essential source of new electricity generation in the U.S. During the first half of 2014, solar comprised more than 50% of all new electricity generation capacity, according to reports by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. That number will continue to climb, fueled largely by growth spanning solar-progressive [...]

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Three Ways Utilities are Using Energy Storage for T&D Deferral

Each year electric utilities spend billions of dollars upgrading and replacing transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment. Some of this investment is unavoidable, but often these expensive projects can be delayed for years by adding energy storage resources to the system, yielding significant savings. Utilities continue to find profitable ways to deploy energy storage systems across [...]

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Renewable Energy is in the Power Mix for Africa

This spring I attended African Utility Week 2014 in South Africa. While there were many different conversations around topics such as renewable energy and energy distribution in the region, a key discussion point was the need for further education within the energy industry about new technologies. In particular, there is a need for greater understanding [...]

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