Natural Gas

Can Boulder own its own power? Lots happening in distributed generation today

As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]

Microgrids in the News 04/14/2011

  Netherlands tests automated-energy homes Solar Powered Washing Machine Knows When Sun Shines Smart Grid Works for Utilities, but Not Yet for Consumers U.S. Army Uses Big Battery in Microgrid Test Government must continue with feed-in tariff Solar-produced power is money in the bank SunShot: Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun

Microgrids in the News 04/13/2011

  Rebuilding Haiti’s Health Infrastructure with Renewable Energy Smart grid funding falls off cliff; M&A activity also drops The Other Problem with Nuclear Power Decentralized Power and Disaster Preparation

Microgrids in the News 04/12/2011

  How Denmark Will Integrate 50% Wind Power by 2025 11% of U.S. Energy Production from Renewable Resources in 2010 Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems

Microgrids in the News 04/06/2011

  Google, Warren Buffett May Be Next Wind-Turbine Buyers, Suzlon, Vestas Say Coal Use Criticized by IEA as Energy Leaders Meet in Abu Dhabi What green thinkers think about green What America Gains by Greening the Grid 150 Million HAN-enabled Smart Meters by 2020 ZBB Energy to Provide Energy Storage for Army’s Micro-Grid Project

NYU Announces Completion of Gas-Fired Cogeneration Plant

New York University (NYU) has announced the completion of its new, natural gas-fired cogeneration plant, which will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 23% compared to its 30 year-old, oil-fired CHP predecessor. Today’s resources and news stories: NYU uses new CHP to meet climate goal early

Hybrid Renewable Power Systems in the Utility Planning Paradigm

Utility systems have always been hybrid power systems. The traditional hybrid mix was a combination of baseload and peaking plants. The primary utility business model was investing in capital-intensive systems to provide reliable power. On the generation side of their business, baseload generation systems like coal and nuclear had the lowest operating costs and the highest capital costs. Since the traditional regulatory structure allowed them to earn a return on capital but not […]