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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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Barriers to Building a Smart Future

I was recently invited to speak on the topic of energy storage at the Cleantech Investor “Building a Smart Future” conference in London, and a key theme dominating the event was the barriers still in place to building a truly smart future for the UK. The elusive nature of the term “smart grid” was a [...]

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Ready, Set, Charge: How Energy Storage Can Make Your Microgrid More Reliable

Energy storage technology has advanced significantly in recent years, with real-world use in a wide variety of applications such as renewables integration, reliability improvements, and peak shaving. Energy storage also holds great promise for microgrids. In fact, as discussed in a recently released white paper from S&C, energy storage requires a complete rethinking of what [...]

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The Modern Microgrid: Three Major Benefits

As we’ve written previously on this blog, microgrids are not a new concept. They have existed in one form or another for decades. But microgrids today provide new capabilities that offer great promise, and have sparked significant interest. Here are three major benefits offered by modern microgrids: A more resilient energy supply. Particularly following Hurricane [...]

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The Economical Solution for Electrification Is also the Green Solution

Those of us who can view this blog entry presumably have access to electricity to power or charge whatever device you’re currently using. However, many communities lack any access to electric power, let alone reliable access. The problem is particularly acute in Africa. Over 1 billion people live in Africa, yet only 3.1% of global [...]

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Latest Microgrid Technology Holds Promise for Rural Communities

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that rural electric cooperatives and small municipal utilities in 15 states will be able to receive loan guarantees to improve generation and transmission facilities, including $10 million for smart grid implementations. These investments will help rural America renew and modernize power grid infrastructure serving America’s smaller communities. Another approach [...]

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