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Solving the energy trilemma

Posts posted in January 2011

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Utilities explore customers as a grid resource

Discussions abound on emerging trends in the electric utility industry, such as Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and Building to Grid (B2G). Customers, also, are emerging as a viable grid resource, as utilities explore demand response and Customer to Grid (C2G) ...

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PVs, distribution feeders, and T&D system investment and reliability

Photovoltaic (PV) facilities do more than provide energy over the course of the year. PV facilities also impact electrical grid distribution systems. Specifically, PV systems reduce loading on the distribution lines by displacing remote sources of en ...

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A million solar roofs: creating a mainstream solar energy market

California aims to build a million solar roofs within 10 years. Two primary questions are at the heart of the successful path forward in California, and beyond: How are PV customers' electric use patterns different from other residential customers? T ...

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Energy storage is reaching out to the 'edge of the grid'

There is an alternative to large central energy storage--especially for battery-based systems. Located at the "edge of the grid," where electric distribution meets the customer, community energy storage is a building block for 'distributed bulk' stor ...

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Choices. Choices. Selecting and deploying energy storage technologies

Advanced energy storage is poised to play a critical role in future electricity grids. Energy storage technology is advancing rapidly, as is our understanding of the various options for utility applications--today and for the future. With all the eme ...

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Optimizing utility vegetation management investment for reliability, outage management

Vegetation management programs are a core component of electric utility system reliability and outage management strategies. Indeed, vegetation management is one of the largest preventative maintenance expenditure accounts for many utilities across t ...

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Smart substations for smart grid: protection, control, and information management

Modern integrated substations are hubs for the smart grid. Substation protection and control (P&C) intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) are the power system eyes and ears operating within and around these substations. The IEDs stream data to sup ...

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A framework for business process management in the smart grid era

Smart grid processes rely on more and different types of data. They also are more tightly integrated to a larger cross section of a utility's business. This translates into a more dramatic level of change for the organization, workgroups, and individ ...

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Smart grid: disruptive innovation beyond the technology

Smart grid may be the most disruptive innovation the utility industry has embarked upon. The convergence of multiple technologies, standards, and legislation will have a significant impact on the industry. What's the result? Utilities will need to su ...

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