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It’s Cold Outside –Thank the Smart Grid That’s Not the Case Inside

With the beginning of a New Year and winter weather taking hold in many northern regions globally, one might expect to see more and more power outages caused by heavy snow and ice storms. But while such outages may continue when unusually inclement weather strikes, the extent to which homes are affected has dropped considerably over [...]

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Smart Grids: Predictions for 2015 and Beyond

With 2014 now behind us, recent energy trends portend a future where utilities must react to stay in stride with changing market demands. These pressures, however, will not affect all utilities similarly, and certainly not all at once. Indeed, as distributed power generation grows, the subsequent disruption to the electrical grid will lead to a [...]

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Who should pay for storage?

Energy storage is changing the world. I use the word “changing,” as opposed to “will change,” for a reason, as there are more than 750 megawatt hours of operational, grid-scale battery energy storage installed around the world. Despite what some contend, energy storage is beyond the theoretical and test projects. At S&C Electric Company, we’ve [...]

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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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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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Looking Beyond the Tried-and-True to Reduce Storm-Related Outages

The need to prepare for storms is nothing new for electric utilities. Yet today, with customers demanding better power reliability than ever, utilities across the country are under increasing pressure to better prepare their power systems and more quickly respond to severe weather. Utility readiness measures typically include tried-and-true approaches like tree-trimming programs to reduce [...]

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