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The oil and water relationship between electric utilities and the solar industry has taken more twists and turns than a backcountry mountain road. And a recent report outlines another: a joint venture between electric car maker Tesla and SolarCity. Get the details on one more reason utilities need to speak up for themselves.
You may not have noticed, but the government is still providing grants and loans for a variety of smart grid and smart grid-related projects. It’s just not coming in the headline grabbing billions of dollars we remember from the stimulus program. We share some examples of what two government agencies are funding these days.
Inventors often come up with ideas that seem pretty wacky at the time - but often end up making someone rich or famous and the rest of us thankful. Which brings us to our latest roundup of mind-bending ideas from clean energy labs. Who knows? Maybe a mutated virus can help build a better battery and human urine really will produce electricity.
A new report from Navigant Research suggests growth in electricity demand, transmission system congestion and grid instability is driving worldwide adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission. Click to see what the report says has removed doubts about classic HVDC transmission.
Clemson University has taken the wraps off an energy systems research and testing facility it bills as “one of a kind.” It includes an advanced wind turbine drivetrain testing facility, but it also will concentrate on smart grid and microgrid technologies, grid security and other areas.
We all know security is critical to the success of smart grid deployments and their operation. Guest author Kristopher Ardis of Maxim Integrated returns with an assessment of grid security, its weak spots and solutions in this installment of his series “Silicon, Security, the Internet of Things, and Smart Grid.”
Germany’s energy policy has been praised for its tough stance on mandating high renewable energy integration and pummeled by German industry groups and citizens blaming it for high energy costs. Now it appears the country’s golden egg auto industry could become a victim of the aggressive policy.
The slate of wins in this week’s roundup offers a glimpse of what’s happening in a variety of smart grid sectors: from demand response and energy storage to cogeneration and transmission. And don’t miss Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s smart grid project award and partnership and acquisition news.
GRID20/20 President Alan Snook's company makes distribution transformer monitors - a perfect example of the low-cost, high-value sensors that are enabling cities to monitor and optimize their critical infrastructure. Read an excerpt from a recent interview with Snook for some interesting perspectives on smart cities and his company's role in that ecosystem.
Who says utilities can't have a little fun? Texas-based Reliant has been piling on awards for its clever advertising spots – recently winning kudos from E Source, InsightExpress and the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). Click for a peek at one of the winning spots that features Armadillo Al in fine form.
Reducing the many inefficient AC to DC conversions needed to power today's devices is one reason why the EMerge Alliance is driving a DC power initiative focused on homes and small businesses. Click to see what else is prompting the standards group's new initiative.
Institutions and businesses facing costly energy efficiency improvements and upgrades may want to take a hint from Oregon’s Portland State University. The school has established a program where project costs are paid for by savings in utility bills, what the school refers to as a Green Revolving Fund.
IT professionals working with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection standards say compliance alone won’t guarantee the safety and security of the bulk electric system, according to a recent survey. Participants said it’s an important step, but not the last one.
Auto writers are comparing the new Cadillac ELR to both the luxury Tesla Model S – and to the Chevy Volt. But what we thought you'd be interested in is how the new extended range vehicle is being touted as "smart grid ready" right off the production line.
Given the critical role energy plays in just about everything that happens in a city, utilities – municipals, coops and investor owned – should take a front row seat in discussions about the future of cities they serve. A new manual has some of the talking points you'll want when you sit down with city leaders.
The electric power industry is undergoing transformations on multiple fronts, and one of the most notable is the emergence of distributed energy resources (DER). Guest authors James Newcomb and Bentham Paulos provide a detailed overview of DER, its potential and recommendations for how it can help ensure a more efficient and reliable energy future.
Data centers have become one of the largest consumers of electric power, and they’re getting bigger to meet growing consumer demand for services. A recent survey says data center managers are on a continuous and urgent quest to find ways to cut costs and boost energy efficiency.
One of the biggest energy cost centers for cities is the street light grid. So turning that grid into a revenue generator seems like a bright idea – and that's just one objective of a first-of-its-kind smart street light pilot under way in San Diego Gas & Electric territory. Read what the project has already achieved in cost savings and efficiency.
The smart grid is a major component in the shift of the Internet of Things from fantasy and speculation to reality. Guest author Kristopher Ardis continues his series with a second installment detailing the transition, the smart grid and how it all works.
Silver Spring Networks has again expanded its presence in the smart cities space with its new Network-as-a-Service offering designed to help cities confront their most immediate challenges. Click to learn about those challenges and how SSN plans to help cities meet them.