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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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A Renewable Solution for India

It was around 98°F with 75% humidity in New Delhi when the massive power outages in late July occurred. That is pretty close to the temperature in a typical steam room, so you can imagine how miserable it was as over 600 million people were without electricity to run a fan or power an air [...]

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Biomimicry: How Renewables are Learning from Nature

National Geographic has an interesting article discussing how innovators of renewable technologies are looking at nature for ways to improve upon the design of renewable energy systems.  The concept called biomimicry is fairly simple, over billions of years of evolution, plants and animals have developed better and more efficient ways of capturing energy and we [...]

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