Renewable Energy

Community Microgrids – Can Capital Innovations Accelerate their Adoption?

June 15, 2015
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Andy Zetlan, a consulting director at SGL Partners, is the guest author of this interesting article about community microgrids and financing options. The microgrid era has begun worldwide, and investment is now creating showcase examples that enable evaluation of their economics and operational value. Most US investment has been around office campuses, including businesses and…

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ADS TownHall Covers the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

June 1, 2015
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Chris Kotting is this week’s guest author with some laser-focused feedback on a recent industry conference on Demand Response (DR). Last week I attended the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) TownHall meeting. Since this was my first time at that particular event, a few things struck me as noteworthy: Demand Response as…

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The OpenADR Standard Enables Diverse Demand Response Programs

May 25, 2015
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This week’s guest author is Barry Haaser, Managing Director of the OpenADR Alliance.  His article clarifies the role that this standard plays in a range of applications. The OpenADR standard for automated demand response is often misunderstood as just a standard for demand response. In fact, it is a powerful standard capable of supporting a…

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Can Community Microgrids Cost-effectively Integrate Local Renewable Energy?

May 18, 2015
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This week’s guest writer is John Bernhardt, Outreach & Communications Director, Clean Coalition, discussing the rapid evolution of microgrid models in the USA. The United States is transitioning from a centralized power system towards a more decentralized system. As greater amounts of distributed energy resources (DER) – such as local renewables, advanced inverters, and energy…

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How Utilities Can Bridge the Gap Between Technology and Customer Education

May 11, 2015
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This week’s guest author is Juliet Shavit, President and CEO of SmartMark Communications and SmartEnergy IP™. There’s an important link between Smart Grid technologies and customers, and more utilities are catching on to its value as a long-term, sustainable model. What role does the customer play in a technology deployment? That is the question the…

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Creative Partnerships Help Build Critical Infrastructure Resiliency with Microgrids

May 4, 2015
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This week’s guest authors are Christina Briggs, Economic Development Manager for the City of Fremont, California, and Vipul Gore, President and CEO of Gridscape Solutions. The microgrid solution described here points to the benefits of collaborative planning and development to build resiliency for critical infrastructure and contribute to the goals of a truly Smart City.…

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The Animal Farm of Things

April 27, 2015
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This week’s guest author is Chris Kotting, a Consulting Director at SGL Partners. His insightful compare and contrast of the Smart Grid and the Internet of Things raises important discussion points. I’m prone to literary and cinematic allusions, sometimes those allusions are obscure, or at odd angles to the main topic, so for those of…

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April 27, 2015
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This week’s guest author is Chris Kotting, a Consulting Director at SGL Partners. His insightful compare and contrast of the Smart Grid and the Internet of Things raises important discussion points. I’m prone to literary and cinematic allusions, sometimes those allusions are obscure, or at odd angles to the main topic, so for those of…

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The Overlooked Consumer in Smart Grid

April 20, 2015
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Andy Zetlan, a consulting director at SGL Partners, is the guest author of this great article about consumers and lessons that utilities can learn from product and service providers in adjacent business sectors. As we have seen in recent reports, investment in Smart Grid technologies continues to grow world-wide, with continued advances in the deployment…

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A New Equation for a Smart Energy Campus

April 13, 2015
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We’re featuring guest authors over the next few weeks.  This article by Robert D. Cormia, a member of the Foothill College Engineering Faculty, talks about a new equation for energy intelligence – where ei = cm3 (for continuous monitoring, modeling, and management).  Foothill College is located in Los Altos Hills, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.…

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