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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

The Other Problem with Nuclear Power

I got into renewable energy in the 1970’s, partially in response to the prospect of an expansion of nuclear power.  I was videotaped by CBS News at Seabrook asking people to hire me to chop wood for them rather than support nuclear power.  Then Three Mile Island happened and for 3 decades it looked like the nuclear power industry was dead.  We got complacent and worried more about peak oil and climate change.  […]

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.”

Microgrids in the News 03/02/2011

  Today’s resources and news stories: Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says Software helps determine hybrid energy sources Distributed Generation Makes Big Numbers Distributed Generation and Business Model Innovation USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina Africa ripe for alternative energy Bridging the ENERGY gap in Africa! Xcel Energy blasted for burying bill to up small-scale renewable energy projects Tailor renewable energies to […]

HOMER Users are Creating a New Energy Future

If the world is going to transition to a sustainable energy future, then renewable energy must eventually supply more than a 20% share of the power sector. However, large utility companies are very frank about their lack of understanding of how to integrate solar and wind power at those higher levels. That is why they continue to propose large coal plants. Utility systems can indeed have much higher shares of renewable power, as […]