Renewable Energy

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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The Evolution of “Just-in-time” for Utilities

August 25, 2014
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The electric utility sector has been quite successful at managing power on a just-in-time basis. It had to be just-in-time, because since the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, there were very few cost-effective ways to store energy, and those options were mostly limited to solutions like pumped hydro. The investments were substantial, and…

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What the Green Revolution in Electronics Means for the Smart Grid

August 18, 2014
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One of the oft-flogged analogies about the Smart Grid is that building it is like assembling a plane in flight.  The challenges start with trying to overlay new technologies on top of older infrastructure, choosing winners and losers in competing standards, and melding together diverse equipment into situationally-aware and intelligent operations. However, all the plans,…

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Could California Become a Leader in Smart Water Management?

August 11, 2014
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California, the Golden State, can legitimately claim a number of superlatives. It’s the ninth largest economy in the world. It has the largest living tree in Sequoia National Park. It has the highest and lowest points (Mount Whitney and Death Valley) in the continental USA. Death Valley is also the hottest and driest place in…

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Could California Become a Leader in Smart Water Management?

August 11, 2014
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California, the Golden State, can legitimately claim a number of superlatives. It’s the ninth largest economy in the world. It has the largest living tree in Sequoia National Park. It has the highest and lowest points (Mount Whitney and Death Valley) in the continental USA. Death Valley is also the hottest and driest place in…

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Building Infrastructure Resiliency Starts With Creative Problem-Solving

August 4, 2014
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We have significant infrastructure problems in the USA. Long neglect of investment in infrastructure has left it crumbling around us. It is sometimes easy to witness in rusting bridges or potholed road surfaces. But too often, deterioration in electric, water and natural gas distribution systems go unseen until catastrophe strikes. California, right on cue, serves…

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Reimagining Infrastructure

July 28, 2014
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Walt Disney said it best:  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation and the ones succeeding it when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water.  We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when…

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How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

July 21, 2014
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Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the USA. The Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting the interagency taskforce working on this initiative. The first of three reports, which should be…

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Drought and Energy – An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

July 14, 2014
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The water/energy nexus and the ramifications of this closely intertwined relationship, particularly with energy generation, needs to gain awareness beyond policy wonks in the western states of the USA. These previous blogs about California’s water issues and the water/energy nexus provide good background about climate change impacts to water and energy. If we look at water as a…

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