More cities, states, and even utilities are pledging to shift to all renewable energy. But experts say the nation’s power grid needs a lot of changes to make that happen.
If we electrify vehicles and buildings, we use more electricity, which is hopefully renewable and close by (reduced transmission and distribution infrastructure). Currently, most utilities in the U.S. are summer peaking, but when we electrify buildings in heating climates, they will become winter peaking.
Alabama Microgrid Studies Future of Energy Infrastructure Written by Andrew Soergel, usnews.com, July 2, 2018 At first glance, the newly constructed Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, looks like any other newly constructed well-to-do neighborhood. The homes carry a modern, though not entirely futuristic, design. The streets wind in a rectangle, branching off in one […]
Energy plays soccer in Russia More than 1.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup… Written by Nicholas Newman, eniday.com, June 26, 2018 This summer’s football festival takes place in eleven Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi. Of the 12 venues, […]
Grid Modernization, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Written by Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits, March 14, 2018 It is becoming increasingly vital that utilities take into account energy efficiency and distributed energy resources in system planning. States differ widely on regulations surrounding utility infrastructure, and ACEEE recently released a report surveying utilities across the […]
Illinois regulators give controversial ComEd microgrid the green light Energy News Network, February 28, 2018 The Illinois Commerce Commission Wednesday granted ComEd’s request to develop a microgrid on Chicago’s South Side and bill ratepayers for the $25 million project. Opponents including the Illinois Attorney General’s office have long argued the microgrid is too expensive and […]
How An Intelligent Microgrid Saved A California Vineyard Amidst Wildfires — Stone Edge Farm Story Clean Technica, November 28, 2017 We recently had the opportunity to speak with Craig Wooster, Project Manager & General Contractor at the Stone Edge Farm (SEF) Microgrid Project, about the impressive work the team is doing to take the farm off the […]