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Can ‘Smart ZNE’ address feeder hotspots?

Can ‘Smart ZNE’ address feeder hotspots?

I used to be a distribution grid planner in an era where utilities had a steadily growing customer base, and where grid planning and load shapes were predictable. This was before renewables started becoming more cost competitive, and traditional ...

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Trimming the Duck Curve with Energy Efficiency

Trimming the Duck Curve with Energy Efficiency

Solar energy is potentially the largest energy source on Earth. The amount of solar energy that hits 1 square mile in a year is estimated to be the energy equivalent of 4 million barrels of oil[1]Harnessing the power of the sun will be essential if w ...

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Spring has sprung: Anticipating the AESP Spring Conference

Spring has sprung: Anticipating the AESP Spring Conference

The days are getting longer, the smell of flowers is in the air, and emerging AC loads are signaling the start of the annual summer peak. All these clues point to one conclusion: the AESP Spring Conference in Atlanta is just around the corner. As ...

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What’s next for industrial energy efficiency?

What’s next for industrial energy efficiency?

There has been a great deal of thought about how industrial companies can keep delivering improved energy efficiency. And many companies have made great progress. But the question remains, if improving energy efficiency reduces operational costs, why ...

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! ( Let the good times roll! )

While Mardi-Gras ended last week, AESP kept the parade moving with its national conference in New Orleans.  For four days, the Big Easy – become the Big ‘EE’ Easy. Through break-out sessions, networking events (and a few drinks at the House of ...

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Microgrids: the next step in resiliency for Pacific Northwest utilities

Microgrids: the next step in resiliency for Pacific Northwest utilities

From 1980 to 2014, the United States experienced a total of 178 climate or weather-related disasters[1]. Eight of these events have occurred since 2014, and all of them had overall damages exceeding $1B USD per event. With global climate change inten ...

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Farewell to Traditional Compressor-Based Refrigeration?

Farewell to Traditional Compressor-Based Refrigeration?

Until recently, the healthcare industry relied on ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers with compressor-based cascade refrigeration systems. Cascade systems are simply two separate compressor-driven refrigeration cycles in a cascade arrangement that a ...

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2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Energy in Transition Blogs

2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Energy in Transition Blogs

As we find ourselves at the beginning of 2018, we’d like to take a moment to look back at our most popular blog posts from the past year, which included hot topics around energy storage, wind, energy efficiency, cybersecurity and electric vehic ...

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Allies: Check. Customers: Check. Market Influencers: Who?

Allies: Check. Customers: Check. Market Influencers: Who?

How well rounded is your Outreach strategy and are you leveraging all the players in your market? In this blog series, we have been exploring the dynamics of proper execution of an integrated strategy and the DNV GL 9 Box Model, which takes a ...

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What do we do with energy efficiency laggards?

What do we do with energy efficiency laggards?

In the adoption of technology or new ideas in general, there is always a group of people that are last.  You know--the person who just got their first smartphone, still buys compact discs, or gets their news from an actual “paper” newspaper.  T ...

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