California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

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Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

Smoothing The Sun: Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego’s Microgrid

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Maxwell Technologies' Jessica Baris explores the ins and outs of the innovative ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s microgrid and how the energy storage system works.  For a smattering of days this year, Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s coastal campus. Wilk, a senior systems engineer at Maxwell … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Offers Hope to Airports, Railways and Seaports through Technological and Financial Innovation

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Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service can impact railways, airports and seaports to increase resiliency for America's transportation.  Railways, airports and seaports connect people and goods in essential ways, both locally and globally. Unfortunately, this connection becomes vulnerable … [Read more...]

How Undergrid Minigrids Could Shore Up Unreliable Electricity in Nigeria and Beyond

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Sachi Graber of the Rocky Mountain Institute describes a $200 million opportunity in Nigeria to develop undergrid minigrids, projects that shore up electricity for those served by unreliable grids. Traditionally in sub-Saharan Africa, electrification efforts have emphasized the hundreds of millions of people who live off-grid, with no … [Read more...]

What Exactly Do Green Banks Do? This Database Will Tell You

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The National Defense Resource Council's Bettina Begroo takes a look at the purpose of green banks and how they help tackle climate change.  The way UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it last month upon appointing former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the Special Envoy for Climate Action, mobilizing capital resources from public and … [Read more...]

Sharing Resiliency Lessons Learned From Japan on the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

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Pace Energy & Climate Center's Joseph O'Brien-Applegate and Tom Bourgeois explore the resiliency lessons learned following Hurricane Sandy, and insight that can be garnered from Japan's experience with the superstorm. As we mark the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, its impact is still fresh in the mind of many in the Northeast. … [Read more...]

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

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Hear from both Clark Wiedetz, Siemens' microgrid director, and Chase Dougherty of Siemens Financial Services, as they explore how innovations in financing are changing the face of future energy independence for enterprises, municipalities and more.  In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is … [Read more...]

Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes how Australia's largest renewable energy microgrid will offer lower cost energy for businesses. Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of … [Read more...]

Advancements Taking Microgrids to a Whole New Level

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S&C Electric's Chris Evanich explores how recent advancements in the industry are fueling progress, and covers the benefits and advantages of advanced microgrids.  The term microgrid has become pretty much mainstream; even the president of the United States has used the term. And a lot of people now accept the U.S. Department of Energy’s … [Read more...]