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Renewable Energy is in the Power Mix for Africa

This spring I attended African Utility Week 2014 in South Africa. While there were many different conversations around topics such as renewable energy and energy distribution in the region, a key discussion point was the need for further education within the energy industry about new technologies. In particular, there is a need for greater understanding [...]

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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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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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The Central Power Grid as a Back-Up Power Source

The traditional utility business model faces great upheaval, as I discussed in a recent blog entry. Adoption of distributed generation—and distributed solar generation in particular—threatens to make a significant dent in utility revenues as more customers use onsite generation as their preferred source of electricity. Utilities are considering what role the central power system can, [...]

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How a Smarter Grid Can Help Utilities Respond to an Existential Threat

Doomsday is approaching for electric utilities, according to many prognosticators. Though the term “doomsday” may be a touch strong, there is no doubt that new electricity generation technologies will pose real challenges to the established business models of power utilities in the coming years. The biggest threat, as has been well chronicled in both industry [...]

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Looking Ahead to Solar Power International 2012

I’m looking forward to the discussions at Solar Power International (SPI) next week in Orlando, Florida. The industry continues to grow, yet it also faces numerous challenges ranging from regulations to financial considerations. SPI will provide a good opportunity to take the industry’s temperature from a range of market participants. Here’s what I expect to [...]

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