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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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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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Barriers to Building a Smart Future

I was recently invited to speak on the topic of energy storage at the Cleantech Investor “Building a Smart Future” conference in London, and a key theme dominating the event was the barriers still in place to building a truly smart future for the UK. The elusive nature of the term “smart grid” was 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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Three Ways that Renewable Integration is Changing the Grid

Last week was the 5th annual RETECH conference and exposition in Washington, D.C. The show focuses on a variety of renewable technologies including wind, solar, tidal, biomass, and geothermal. I was asked to participate in a panel on “How Renewables Integration is Changing the Grid.” The panel included a great mix of perspectives, including a [...]

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Ready, Set, Charge: How Energy Storage Can Make Your Microgrid More Reliable

Energy storage technology has advanced significantly in recent years, with real-world use in a wide variety of applications such as renewables integration, reliability improvements, and peak shaving. Energy storage also holds great promise for microgrids. In fact, as discussed in a recently released white paper from S&C, energy storage requires a complete rethinking of what [...]

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