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Removing the Hurdles to Energy Storage Adoption

It seemed no small coincidence that the Energy Storage Association’s 2014 annual conference took place the same week that the U.S. EPA announced new proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions. Energy storage will play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions. Consider some of the ways that energy storage can help: It makes it practical [...]

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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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