smarter electricity grid Articles

  • Smarter grids, appliances, and consumers

    More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of managing an electricity system. Existing electricity grids are typically a patchwork of local grids that are simultaneously inefficient, wasteful, and dysfunctional in that they often are unable, for example, to move electricity surpluses to areas ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Smart energy needs smarter regulation

    As Europe’s smart energy community looks forward to coming together at European Utility Week (EUW) 2016 in Barcelona later this year, Global Smart Grid Federation’s Ronnie Belmans looks at how energy regulation could be refocused to the benefit of the industry and consumers. A recent survey of EUW’s Advisory Board Members revealed that almost 70 per cent of them thought that ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Closing The California Clean Energy Divide

    Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage Executive Summary BATTERY STORAGE IS EMERGING AS AN effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not only provide economic returns today, they can also preserve the value of solar in an ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Terrorism and the ultimate corporate environmental strategy

    This article points to the signs of a shift from the model of an over-dependence on central power plants to a distributed renewable energy system, and discusses the major growth opportunities for businesses developing new technologies. Our electricity grid, with its emphasis on large polluting and centralized power plants that inefficiently send power long distances over transmission lines, is an ...


    By AHC Group

  • Hot sectors for energy efficiency

    It’s clear that the energy efficiency industry is undergoing an unprecedented boom, spurred by state and federal support and movement toward a smarter grid. But for those in the industry, where exactly can the new business – and the jobs – be found?Two new reports by Colorado-based Pike Research shed some light.After years of focusing on bringing efficiency to manufacturing, policymakers are ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Finding US stimulus dollars for your private property conservation project

    By partnering with Federal Agencies, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations involved in larger scale conservation projects, individual property owners can greatly increase Stimulus opportunity. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), The Stimulus Bill, injects an unprecedented flood of funding into U.S. Government programs and initiatives. But, is there really any ...


    By Three Ravens Ranch

  • 4 Reasons renewable energy is ready for the president’s climate action plan

    The White House’s climate action plan aims to transform the U.S. electricity system in the coming decades. The President directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement standards to reduce carbon dioxide ...

  • 115. Calgary’s wind powered LRT an incredibly successful system: Nenshi

    The C-train in Calgary is one of the greatest examples of electrified transport in Canada. It is overwhelmingly popular with residents – it boasts an average weekday ridership of 325,000. It has kick started smarter, denser development around its stations. And best of all it and the City of Calgary’s operations are 100 per cent powered by renewable energy. “It's hugely important ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Q&A: The world’s eyes turn to Minnesota on district energy

    Frank Jossi reports in Midwest Energy News that for the second time in a little more than a decade St. Paul is hosting an international conference on district energy. Ken Smith is the president and CEO of District Energy St. Paul and past Chair of the International District Energy ...

  • Develop the Transmission System to Integrate Renewable Energy

    There are a multitude of developments within the regulatory realm that will greatly affect the future of transmission expansion. This conference will review the numerous regulatory issues that have a large impact on transmission systems across the country, as well as on interregional planning and integration of renewables. This conference will share best practices and strategies to utilize ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • Rainbow Environmental Services aims for Zero Waste with CP Group and Siemens

    Chase Clark wants to be a recycler with Rainbow Environmental Services when he grows up. The three-year-old boy loves nothing more than watching the collection trucks roll out of Rainbow’s Huntington Beach, California Material Recovery Facility (MRF) early in the morning. “Most of the drivers have gotten to know Chase, and they’ll honk their horns and wave on their way out for ...


    By CP Manufacturing, Inc.

  • Are self-driving vehicles good for the environment?

    Autonomous transportation has lots of advantages. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could be one of them. Can autonomous cars be a boon for the environment? The transportation sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 27 ...


    By Ensia

  • Is nuclear power our energy future — or a dinosaur in a death spiral?

    Identical data yield drastically different conclusions about the role nuclear will play in meeting climate goals. Nuclear power is dead. Long live nuclear power. Nuclear power is the only way forward. Nuclear power is a red herring. Nuclear power is too dangerous. Nuclear power is the safest power source around. Nuclear is nothing. Nuclear is everything. It is now generally agreed ...


    By Ensia

  • Our drinking water systems are a disaster. What can we do?

    In the wake of the Flint, communities turn to innovative technology and financing to prevent the next crisis. People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency was dramatically disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, started testing positive for lead poisoning and the ...


    By Ensia

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