Tag Archives | Renewable energy

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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Making Renewables Convenient for Consumers

Recently, I was interested to see a survey showing that consumers value clean energy above reliability. Though I firmly believe that clean energy will play an essential role in our energy future, I worry that such survey results confuse the issue on how consumers value reliability. There may be some consumers who do not want [...]

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DistribuTECH 2014 Highlights Essential Technologies for Modern Power Systems

At this year’s DistribuTECH event, energy storage took center stage as attendees talked about one of the biggest grid control challenges facing utilities today: distributed solar PV. Energy storage offers a promising solution to address the issues involved with integrating solar energy resources, as S&C’s Mike Edmonds discussed in a recent article for Smart Grid [...]

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S&C Europe Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability

I’m pleased to announce that S&C was recently named runner up for the Sustainability Award 2013 by the British Chamber of Commerce. This recognition is a great validation of S&C’s work to help the UK to transition to a low carbon economy, by developing solutions that maximize existing grid assets and assimilate new renewable generation [...]

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