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What Questions Do You Have about Energy Efficiency?

On Tuesday, September 20, I’m set to moderate a panel on energy efficiency, specifically as it applies in New York City. As part of Climate Week NYC, the panelists will explore what the local utility Consolidated Edison—and some of its partners—are doing to manage electricity use in the city that never sleeps (which means we [...]

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What is the smart grid anyway? [Video]

The smart grid. Sounds good, right? But what exactly is it? And does that mean we have a dumb grid now? "The grid, it is smart today," Laura Ipsen, a senior vice president at Cisco, told the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-e) conference on March 2. "The weaving of IT [information technology] and [...]

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String of offshore turbines along East Coast could provide steady supply of wind power

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The problem with generating electricity by harnessing the wind is that it doesn’t always blow (though it may seem that way at times). And, typically, consumers remain intolerant of power interruptions. But there may be a way to ensure a steady supply of wind, according to a new study in the April 5 Proceedings of [...]

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Plugged In

German, U.S. Home Energy Storage Incentives Offer Divergent Visions for the Smart Grid

Germany’s solar feed-in tariff not only incentivizes a homeowner to install solar panels, but also to store solar energy for later use in the home. (Photo credit: Flickr user thetimchannel)

Previously, I’ve written about the potential for a future smart grid, where homes with solar panels and batteries intelligently interconnect to form a cleaner, more-robust distributed power system. While we’re still far from a full-fledged smart grid, recent years have seen wider deployment of distributed energy storage. Today, Germany already boasts over 7,000 home solar [...]

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Guest Post: A sexy smart grid vs. humble energy audits and efficiency retrofits

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By Joshua D. Rhodes [1] and Charles R. Upshaw The smart grid is here in some places, and coming in others. But, the smart grid by itself is not enough to solve all the energy problems in the built environment. The smart grid monitors, collects, and stores information on how and when resources [2] are generated, [...]

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An Electric Power Industry Evolution – from Provider to Partner

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On February 1, 2011 a sudden cold snap and severe winter storms sent electricity demand in Texas through the roof. In a single hour, temperatures dropped almost 30 degrees. And, as temperatures dropped, the state’s power plants were unable to keep up with the growing demand. The resulting series of blackouts affected millions of customers. [...]

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