Renewable Energy

Duck Season…Rabbit Season…

November 3, 2014
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This week, the Smart Grid Library features a guest writer, Chris Kotting, a colleague with SGL Partners, the consulting group of the Smart Grid Library.   I just took a look, and I haven’t blogged since the first week of this year. Egad! That was one short-lived New Year’s resolution! Now, here I am writing a blog entry,…

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Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

October 27, 2014
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The recent Business of Local Energy Symposium in Petaluma, California had a rare degree of fervor that isn’t typically experienced at Smart Grid industry conferences about electricity.  Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity…

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University Microgrid Manages Multiple Generation Assets

October 20, 2014
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Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are sometimes overlooked as important assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at or near the…

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Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 13, 2014
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Remember the old beer commercial with the “tastes great….less filling” debate? Microgrids provoke a multitude of views in the USA.   For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids holds the promise of building new electricity resources for customers, the community and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases…

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Energy Storage – Bright Future, But Challenges Ahead

October 6, 2014
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The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference in San Jose, CA last week can be summed up in one word – optimism. The sanguine outlooks on market opportunities and trends were unanimous. Several vendors can’t manufacture their equipment fast enough to meet demand. California is making the market for energy storage. The ninth largest economy in…

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Is Data A Painkiller?

September 29, 2014
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Can data kill your pain? The city of Los Angeles, California is hoping it will, at least where some data sources are concerned. Back in May, the city launched a new DataLA site that features data downloads on topics such as crime statistics and budget information, as well as easy to understand visualizations of key metrics…

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Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Growth

September 22, 2014
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The news for solar energy in the USA is optimistic, based on recent reports from Navigant Research and statistics compiled by the SEIA and Greentech Media. The first firm indicates that the market for distributed energy resources, of which solar, mostly in PV forms, is anticipated to reach $625 billion USD in cumulative spending in…

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How Smart Grid Policies Create Employment Opportunities

September 15, 2014
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Most Smart Grid discussions about human impacts address the demographic trends in utility workforces or the influences that Smart Grid technologies and applications have on people in residential and commercial settings. While both are very worthy topics, the subject of job creation doesn’t get the same attention. And that’s a puzzle, given today’s economy. The…

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The Answer is Location, Location, Location

September 8, 2014
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If this was a game of Jeopardy! you might think the question was about the value of real estate.  You’d be close, but the winning question is what is the basis for the value of distributed energy resources? This is one of the most important questions that must be answered as more distributed energy resources…

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Will US Utilities Offer an Electricity Triple Play?

September 1, 2014
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Recent reports released by UBS, the largest private bank in the world and Citi Research, a division of Citigroup offer compelling investment guidance based on Smart Grid innovation trends that have been described in many previous articles from the Smart Grid Library.  The ongoing trends of decreasing costs for innovative technologies such as solar generation and…

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