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Smart Grid on the rise

Although it is still mostly known only to experts in the power industry, the Smart Grid is well on its way to fame. It is coming out of the shadows as an effecient solution to the worlds energy problems. U.S. smart grid to cost billions, save trillions GE unveils power plant optimized for renewable energy Americans Still Clueless About The Smart Grid Colorado leads renewable energy growth, employment

Shift to renewable energy driven by economics

Investment and success with renewable energy will be driven, ultimately, by economics. Today’s stories focus strongly in the arena of value, as we shift from a fossil-fuel dominated world to one dominated by clean renewables. Solar home systems have been mostly driven by personal philosophy and incentives. However new research indicates that solar systems add significant value to a home. But home systems are not nearly enough. Investments in transmission are needed to […]

Clean micro-grid technologies are going to change the utility industry

Large electric grids like we have in North America are awe-inspiring.  They are undoubtedly the most complex machines ever built.  People don’t usually think of them as a machine, but really they are a set of components connected by wires just like any electronic machine.  Only in this case it spans millions of square miles and contains billions of other machines, namely every other machine or appliance that is plugged into the grid.  […]

Microgrids in the News 04/06/2011

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The First True Smart Grids are Being Built Today – in Alaska

But they aren’t where you would expect.  It is not Boulder Colorado’s much-hyped SmartGridCity, built by Xcel at a cost of $140 million dollars.  That is little more than a collection of smart meters and a fiber optic network. If you want to see a smart grid today with distributed load control, energy storage, and extremely high penetrations of renewable power you need to go to remote Eskimo villages in the Alaskan bush.”