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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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Planning for More Renewables? We Need to Plan for More Energy Storage, Too

You likely heard the biggest news in our industry last week—namely, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Under the proposed rules, states would have some choice in how they meet the proposed rules. But it seems certain that renewables will be a big [...]

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April Showers . . . Bring Power Outages? Not Necessarily

You know the old adage, that April showers bring May flowers. But that’s not all spring weather brings. April showers can result in power outages when these showers are actually storms accompanied by high winds or flooding—or both. At the 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition this month, S&C was pleased to introduce a [...]

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Power Industry Leadership in a Contradictory World

Recently, I spoke at Acumen 2014, an event that gathers utility industry leaders from across the UK to discuss smart technologies, regulation and energy for the future. In its third year, the event attracted 120 people that included senior leaders of every UK and Irish electrical utility along with senior engineering and regulatory managers who [...]

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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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Storage Target Sighted

Unlike in the US, the UK is only now starting to reach a tipping point when it comes to energy storage. I was recently at the Electricity Storage Network’s Open Symposium and was amazed by the unified consensus from everyone present – from government officials to PhD students – that energy storage must play a [...]

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