Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

Climate Change Adaptation

Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Resiliency – Impact on Public Health

Power outages have both acute and long-term impacts on public health and the critical infrastructure that supports the achievement of public health goals. Acute, immediate impacts tend to grab headlines. In November 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge knocked out power along the coast in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, disabling primary and backup … [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...]

Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters

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Veolia's Mike Byrnes discusses the importance of turning hindsight into foresight by planning and implementing energy resiliency ahead of the next natural disaster. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently, more severely, and impacting inland as well as coastal communities. Hurricane Florence is just the latest example.  A well … [Read more...]

The Art — and Challenges — of Monetizing Resilience

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explores the ins and outs of monetizing resilience, and how the industry is working to place a value on energy stability.  Various folks have tried to place a value on resilience, including universities, government agencies, large industrials, and utilities. Each has … [Read more...]

Partnership Searches for Grid Resiliency Policy that Can Work Across the States

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A new research project intends to scrutinize US public policy on grid resiliency with an eye toward creating a model approach that can be applied at the state level. Protect Our Power, a bipartisan advisory panel, and the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment also will look at the role of distributed energy resources … [Read more...]

Enhancing Energy Resilience, Reducing Risk Through a Microgrid Approach

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In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment and smart grid at ‎Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can increase energy resilience and cut down on risks associated with power outages.  In an increasingly connected society, the economic impact of extreme weather and associated … [Read more...]

How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience & Climate Strategies

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Microgrids offer a classic example of government policy chasing technology. While microgrids are being developed worldwide, few jurisdictions offer much-needed policy guidance and certainty. At Microgrid 2018, Edward Yim, associate director at the DC Department of Energy and Environment, shared how scalable resilience and a focus on climate … [Read more...]

How to Value and Monetize Energy Resiliency in Microgrids

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Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy resiliency and reliability are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? What is government’s role? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Decentralization: A Shift in Energy Focus

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We are in the middle of an 'energy transition' — one which is focused on the decentralization of energy and the rise of  energy technology like microgrids. A new report from Schneider Electric,  “How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition,” highlights how over the past century or so, we have come from making huge progress in the … [Read more...]