Renewable Energy

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 8, 2014
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How much can change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply – a lot can change. Here’s progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020. The first five are featured this week. You can review the complete…

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Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

December 1, 2014
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A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update on the sector, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point in this sector. He talked about how the procurement processes in small to large city governments were…

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Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 24, 2014
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We all have one – a family member or friend who faithfully regurgitates the weird combination of fiction and paranoia dispensed by the US-based news channel that is anything but “fair and balanced”. The US Thanksgiving holiday is approaching, and perhaps you’ll be sitting next to this loved one for the traditional dinner feast. Here…

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Three Global Utility Metatrends

November 17, 2014
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European Utility Week serves as an excellent venue to obtain more global industry perspectives than what is typically found in most North American-based industry events. In the case of the 2014 event, it served to reinforce the conclusion that there are really three global metatrends in play for electric utilities. Three recorded interviews that I…

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Smartphones and Utility Consumer Engagement Strategies

November 10, 2014
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This week, the Smart Grid Library features a guest writer, Bill Maikranz, Consulting Director of SGL Partners, the consulting group of the Smart Grid Library. Today the principle model of interactions between consumers and utilities is one of ordering service connection or disconnection, payment questions or arrangements (current and past due), and outage reporting. This is…

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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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