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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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Preparing for Weather-Related Outages When You Can’t Predict the Weather

This week, Forbes reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System is nearing the end of its lifespan—and when the system is decommissioned, NOAA will lose access to critical weather data for at least a year and a half. The gaps could begin as early as 2014 and [...]

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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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Shaving Peak Residential Electricity Demand with Grid-Based Technology

Interesting fact, as reported by Katherine Tweed of Greentech Media: “when it comes to electricity hogs, the perpetrators are close to home and not at industrial sites and businesses.” Though a factory or a business uses more electricity than a single home, there is much greater variability in residential demand from season to season. As [...]

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Summer Storms Make the Case for Smart Grid Interoperability

The storms that struck the U.S. mid-Atlantic region last Friday highlight not only why we need a smart grid that can reduce power outages, but also why we need smart grid interoperability. The region took two weather-related hits in a row. First, they experienced storms that caused extensive damage to utility power grids. Then, temperatures [...]

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The Top Three Benefits of Volt-VAR Optimisation Programs

Utilities across the world are increasingly focusing on distribution automation (DA) to improve grid reliability, efficiency and capacity. As energy demands increase and power-hungry new technologies such as electrical vehicles proliferate, utilities need to seek new ways to meet peak-load requirements. Volt-VAR optimisation is an increasingly popular choice, which reduces losses from distribution and hence [...]

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