Report Describes $5.9B in Health Benefits from RGGI’s Carbon Reductions

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has brought health benefits to its nine participating states by reducing carbon emissions, says a new report described here by NRDC's Jackson Morris and Bruce Ho. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which launched in 2009 to fight climate change by cutting carbon pollution from power … [Read more...]

A Case for Virtual Power Plants and Energy Storage in California

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Peter Asmus of Navigant Research explains how virtual power plants and energy storage offered a rapid solution to a grid deficiency in California. A little over a year ago, the underground Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility began leaking. While the primary concern was how methane emissions might jeopardize public safety, this event … [Read more...]

Specialized Microgrids Will Keep Utilities Competitive

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Kilowatt Labs' Omar Ghani explores the potential of specialized microgrids to drive competition and provide utilities with a sustainable commercial model for the future.  Utilities keep the lights on, delivering electricity to us reliably, safely and economically. Having built a robust technical and … [Read more...]

Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

States that Fail to Invest in Clean Energy Pay in Higher Electricity Costs

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A new NRDC study finds that higher electricity costs occur in states that fail to invest in clean energy. NRDC's Ralph Cavanagh describes the study. For years, the skeptics warned that a clean energy transition would drive up costs and make consumers’ energy bills unaffordable. They were wrong. Despite wild swings in fossil fuel prices, … [Read more...]

Post-Election Thoughts: Why We Need Microgrid Advocacy Now

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IDEA’s Rob Thornton explains the road ahead for distributed energy in post-election Washington and why microgrid advocacy is crucial as the nation considers infrastructure investment. The outcome of the recent election alone will do little to change the condition or age of the energy infrastructure serving our cities, communities and campuses. … [Read more...]

Our Energy Future and Fraying Wires: A Message for the New President and Congress

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EDF's Dick Munson explains how Gretchen Bakke's new book,"The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future," can help a new president and Congress encourage microgrids, energy storage and other crucial innovations. On any given day, half a million Americans lose power for two or more hours. Those blackouts cost our economy … [Read more...]

Oasis Microgrids Speed Recovery from Large-Scale Electrical Events

In this week's Industry Perspectives, POWER Engineers' John Kumm explores natural disaster scenarios and the benefits of the oasis microgrid. A recent article in The New Yorker magazine [1] described a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that has the potential to strike the U. S. Pacific Northwest in coming years. Geologists have determined that a … [Read more...]

Sharing Alaska’s Microgrid Expertise Across Borders

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The Atlantic Council's Penny Gage describes Alaska's microgrid expertise and explains how it can be shared nationally and internationally. There is a stark divide between rural and urban Alaska, with 41 percent of the state’s residents residing in the city of Anchorage. Most communities are located off the road system, accessible only by … [Read more...]

Lower Microgrid Risk with Utility-Proven Technology and Services

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Justin Day of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) explains how to minimize microgrid risk with vetted equipment from experienced professionals. Risk is unavoidable when implementing a microgrid. Because of the complexity involved, projects can be delayed, budgets exceeded and equipment can fail or misoperate. The marketplace can also feel … [Read more...]