How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility Reuters, January 27. 2015 Welcome to the utility industry’s future – or at least that’s what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500-square-foot building, the $12 billion utility’s research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices […]
Transactive energy: not ready for peak load Energy Biz, January 13, 2015 Over the last decade and a half, federal and state demands for a more reliable and economically responsive electrical grid have grown immensely. Possible solutions to this demand include transactive energy (TE), the combination of economic and control techniques intended to improve grid […]
Allison Donnelly for Zondits, January 19, 2015 The pace of innovation for solar technologies is staggering – in addition to increases in efficiency and decreases in cost of “market-proven” solar PV, there is also a growing interest in solar technologies that once seemed to come straight out of science fiction. A video about one of […]
California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage Climate Central, January 13, 2015 The city of Tehachapi, near the crest of a mountain pass in southern California, is a bridge between the Mojave Desert and the San Joaquin Valley — a blustery area serving as an ideal site for a wind farm. It’s also the site of the Tehachapi […]
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE), in conjunction with GridWise Alliance (GWA), recently hosted a series of regional workshops and a national summit entitled, “The Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs.”
Bryan Hannegan is picturing the home of the future. In his imagination, it’s not in outer space, or shaped like a giant geodesic dome. This home talks to itself, and to what’s around it. “The dishwasher could talk to the electric vehicle in the garage, it could talk to the solar PV system on the roof,” said Hannegan, a scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
On Friday I took a ride home from a stranger in his car, Saturday morning I bought food on the street from someone I don’t know, and this winter I might vacation in the home of a family I’ve never met. It’s not crazy, its Uber, my farmer’s market, and Airbnb. It’s the sharing economy, and electricity could be next.