Renewable Energy

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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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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