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US GSA Seeks Information on Grid Interactive Technologies for Buildings

Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) for grid-interactive technologies and services that provide energy savings and load flexibility for buildings. The RFI, issued in coordination with the Department of...


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UC Berkeley Adjunct Professor Introduces Alternative Power Source for Local Neighborhoods

Blake Evans, The Daily Californian Summary In response to last week’s PG&E safety blackouts, campus adjunct professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and director in the California Institute for Energy and Environment’s Electric Grid program area, Alexandra von Meier, said...


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Using Electricity at Different Times of Day Could Save Us Billions of Dollars

David Roberts, Vox Summary For most of the 100-plus years that the electricity grid has been around, grid managers had control over the supply of power but not the demand for it. Like the weather, or the tides, electricity consumption could be reasonably well predicted , but it couldn’t be...


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DC Commission's Proceedings Create Detailed Grid Modernisation Actions

Jared Leader and Robert Tucker, Smart Energy International Summary After an important 1942 victory that helped turn the tide during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the...


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District of Columbia Considers New Regulated Entity: The Microgrid Operator

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid. The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort...


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Entergy VP: We have to fundamentally 'reshape the grid'

Juan Monge, GreenTechMedia Summary Delivering electricity to 2.9 million customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, Entergy is implementing advanced data analytics and internet-of-things technology across all its divisions. We sat down with VP Raiford Smith ahead of our inaugural...


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With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground. ...


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Here's how to build energy infrastructures fit for the future

Cedrik Neike, Siemens, World Economic Forum Summary One key characteristic of modern civilization is its dependence on critical infrastructures such as those used for providing power, transportation and water. These infrastructures are becoming increasingly complex, intelligent and...


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HOMER Grid Design Software Ready for the Surge in Solar+Storage Systems

Cision PR Newswire Summary BOULDER, Colo. , Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today HOMER Energy is releasing important updates to its HOMER Grid software, designed to model distributed energy systems that will cut energy costs for commercial and industrial customers. HOMER Energy's powerful...


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Thermal Energy Storage Market to exceed $55bn by 2024

ESI Africa Summary Government-led initiatives toward increased renewable generation along with demand for uninterrupted power supply will bolster the thermal energy storage market, according to the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. The study findings note that in 2017, the...