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Here are some of today’s highlights in the world of micro-grids, the smart grid, and renewable energy:

Just how much impact will a Smart Grid have? Check out the analysis by Good/Transparency of the potential energy consumption and carbon emissions reduction resulting from a Smart-Grid deployment.  Although we would argue that they have dramatically underestimated the potential of renewables through the incorporation of micro-grids into the SmartGrid, it remains an interesting starting point.

In locality-based news, learn how San Diego has become a Cleantech leader over the past 10 years.  EnergyConnect has joined forces with numerous Illinois Universities and Colleges to provide demand-response services to participating campuses in the state.  California is ramping up its efforts to produce 1/3 of its grid power through renewable energy sources by 2020.  In New England, Sky Renewable Energy will build a 5.6 MW Solar PV facility which will be the largest of its kind in the area and will generate enough electricity to power 750 homes.  The Colorado State Senate is considering a bill that would undo a requirement that utilities produce 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Who’s on first? Renewable Energy World has announced its finalists for the top Renewable Energy Leaders in North America and will announce the winners on March 8th.

Finally, an interesting animated video using the voice of a child puts the concept of Smart-Grid into terms that everyone can understand.

Today’s resources and news stories:

Interesting Analysis of Smart-Grid Deployment

10 Reasons Why San Diego is a Cleantech Leader

EnergyConnect To Provide Demand-Response Services In PJM Region

Excellence in Renewable Energy Award Finalists Announced

Preparing California’s power grid for one-third renewable energy by 2020

Company plans largest solar energy array in New England

Renewable energy standards target of Colo. GOP

A Smart Grid even a child can understand