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Archive for the ‘Smart Grid’ Category

Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in California

Monday, August 31st, 2015
Figure 1: California

ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY INSTITUTE (AEE INSTITUTE)
California’s portfolio of policies, statutes and regulatory actions, whether existing or proposed, has set the state on a path to significant de-carbonization of its energy sector. When coupled with broader industry and societal trends, a transformation of the grid is underway at both the wholesale and retail levels.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE’s charitable and educational affiliate.

“We’re seeing consumer power has been growing, meaning the clout that consumers have in many different dimensions of our economy. And I see that happening now in energy. In that same opportunity where consumers want to know where that power’s coming from, they want to know what the cost is—but they’re also willing, when you have an opportunity to explain what the technology could do, to improve that aging infrastructure.”

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Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System

Friday, March 6th, 2015

INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL (IREC)
In recent years, new technologies have emerged on the customer side of the electric system, including distributed energy resources (DER) such as distributed generation, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and demand response technologies, among others. These technologies are allowing growing numbers of energy consumers to decrease their electricity demand, act as energy producers and otherwise manage their energy usage…Together, these compounding factors have driven the movement toward a more modern grid that enables significant increases in the amount of clean energy produced; universal consumer access and facilitation of consumer choice, including the adoption of DER; integrated resource planning; two-way flow of energy and information; and increased reliability, security and resiliency.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding the Grid

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Infographic: Understanding the Electric Grid

Ever since Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla battled it out during the War of the Currents in the late 19th century, electricity has been a central part of life in America. We are constantly connected to the power grid, which keeps our food refrigerated, our homes heated, our computers running and our rooms lit. Power lines, transmission stations and power plants have become a part of the landscape — to the point that we hardly notice them.

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Climate Change & Resilience: Recommendations to the President

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
High tide flooding in Broward County, Florida. Photo Credit: Paul Krashefski.

PRESIDENT’S STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LEADERS TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE
At state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, leaders are making bold decisions on ways to invest in more resilient infrastructure, revise land use, update building codes, and adjust natural resource management and other practices to improve the resilience of their communities to climate impacts. The Federal Government has a critical role to play in supporting these efforts by ensuring that Federal policies and programs incorporate climate change, incentivize and remove barriers to community resilience, and provide the information and assistance communities need to understand and prepare for climate risks.

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Blackout: Extreme Weather, Climate Change and Power Outages

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Extreme Weather is Causing More Power Outages

CLIMATE CENTRAL
Climate change is causing an increase in many types of extreme weather. Heat waves are hotter, heavy rain events are heavier, and winter storms have increased in both frequency and intensity. To date, these kinds of severe weather are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages in the United States. Climate change will increase the risk of more violent weather and more frequent damage to our electrical system, affecting hundreds of millions of people, and costing Americans and the economy tens of billions of dollars each year.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 31st, 2014
San Bernadino I 215

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
San Bernardino, California: Divided No More
Miami Transportation Planners Light the Way
Big Energy Buildings Go Greener
Sprucing Up the Waiting Game
Atlanta Snowstorm Strands Drivers

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Strategic Directions: Utility Automation and Integration

Friday, January 31st, 2014
FIGURE 4 THE STEPS TO SMART INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE;  FIGURE 5 PLANS TO EXPAND SENSOR USAGE FOR FIELD DATA ANALYSIS DURING NEXT THREE YEARS

BLACK & VEATCH
Since the rollout of the first smart grid programs, there has been a realization that automation and “smart” programs benefit all types of utilities and infrastructure systems. Gas and water smart grids, for example, will result in more efficient storage, improved distribution, reductions in system losses and expanded customer engagement.

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Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Infrastructure for Climate Change

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Repair Minnesota

BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE
Minnesota’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. Our state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive for Minnesotans. Repairing Minnesota will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.

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Saving Water and Energy Together

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Saving Water and Energy Together

AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT ECONOMY
by Rachel Young
Water and energy are inherently linked, intersecting at both the supply side (electric generation and water/wastewater facilities) and the end-use side (residential, commercial, industrial, and agriculture sectors). This intersection is commonly called the “energy-water nexus.”…If utilities recognize this intersection and work together on joint programs they could learn from one another, document their savings, share costs, and potentially achieve greater savings.

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