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An Industry First, Distributed Energy Storage System Dispatches Electricity to California Grid

An Industry First, Distributed Energy Storage System Dispatches Electricity to California Grid

Marking a US power industry first, a “smart” network of distributed energy storage systems installed on-site on utility-customer premises successfully bid into and supplied electricity to California's power grid via the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) real-time, day-to-day wholesale power market.  
Myanmar’s Struggle to Fix Its Failing Energy System and Embrace Renewables

Myanmar’s Struggle to Fix Its Failing Energy System and Embrace Renewables

Three years after Myanmar’s transition to civilian leadership led to the end of trade embargoes and a rapid embrace of technology, the country still labors under a barely functioning telecommunications network and a power grid that only reaches a third of the population.
New Mexico Gets Sharp With Renewable Energy

New Mexico Gets Sharp With Renewable Energy

Japan and New Mexico are oceans apart, but they aren't letting a bit of water keep them from working together on renewable energy systems. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson met with senior executives of the Sharp corporation in Japan to sign an agreement for joint development in the field of new energy, which includes solar power and fuel cells.
Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a Threat or an Opportunity

Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a Threat or an Opportunity

Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology. 
IoT Enables Smart Grid-Renewables Linkage

IoT Enables Smart Grid-Renewables Linkage

Renewable energy is rapidly embracing the smart grid, given the specter of utility curtailments as more megawatts of power are added at the residential, commercial and industrial, and utility levels. 
Blackouts Illuminate Energy Bill Importance

Blackouts Illuminate Energy Bill Importance

Tens of thousands of people walking in lockstep across the Brooklyn Bridge. The harrowing sight of a blacked-out Times Square. Unsettling, worrisome images such as these- images that should be imaginary, if not inconceivable to us - are becoming steadily more familiar. This last week was more reminiscent of the 1965 blackout than it was of the 2001 terrorist attacks, but no doubt the bad guys are taking notes. Unless none of our nation's enemies have CNN or a newspaper subscription, they have surely noted that 35 years later, we are still one equipment failure away from a blackout of staggering scope and economic impact - not to mention the impact on the way we think about ourselves.
Integrating Wind Energy into the European Power Network

Integrating Wind Energy into the European Power Network

The European power network was the key topic of conversation last week during the two-day policy conference, Large Scale Integration of Wind Energy. Held in Brussels, more than 250 delegates from the European Union (EU) were in attendance to discuss the need to modernize the grid, increase interconnection between networks and adapt the grid to new technologies such as wind energy.
Pursuing Abundance: USDA, DOE Invest $41M to Drive Biofuels Feedstock Yields, Diversification

Pursuing Abundance: USDA, DOE Invest $41M to Drive Biofuels Feedstock Yields, Diversification

In Washington, new weekly statistics that will be released by the US Drought Monitor this and next week are expected to show that recent rains are beginning to ease drought conditions in the Midwest.
Asia Report: China Gets Serious About Culling its Solar Herd

Asia Report: China Gets Serious About Culling its Solar Herd

China has some massive targets for solar energy (and renewable energy in general), but its famously overcrowded solar industry may finally be forced to trim to size -- after the government issued what reportedly amounts to a "death sentence" for three-quarters of companies in the sector.
A New Approach to Identifying Risk, Prioritizing Dam Safety Work

A New Approach to Identifying Risk, Prioritizing Dam Safety Work

Canadian utility Hydro-Québec offers a new approach for identifying the factors that most contribute to overall risk, and using the results to prioritize dam safety work.