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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...


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What if an offshore wind farm was up and running last winter?

Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Summary Last year at this time, New England was gripped by a blast of unusually cold weather that went on for 16 days. The prolonged low temperatures increased demand for natural gas for both heating and electricity, which with the region’s pipeline constraints led to...


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DC votes in favor of the nation's most aggressive 100% renewable energy target

Christian Roselund, PV Magazine Summary The nation’s capitol is close to mandating that PEPCO serve the district’s entire electric demand with renewables by 2032 – and that all vehicle fleets in the city go 100% low-or-zero emissions by 2045. But the bill isn’t done yet. On the same day...


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Distribution system planning: Proactively planning for more distributed assets at the grid edge

Coley Girouard and Ryan Katofsky, Advanced Energy Perspectives Summary This is the seventh in an occasional series from AEE, originally published in Utility Dive, that addresses how the power sector can successfully transition to a 21st Century Electricity System. U.S. utilities invest...


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Responding to disruptive trends in energy

Energy Matters Summary Energy storage, distributed energy, renewables, and electric vehicles powered by a smart grid are among the main disruptive trends in the global energy sector. Advances in technology and a global call to preserve the environment, combined with consumer demand for more...


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Achieving Climate Targets by Increasing Electricity Consumption

WIREs Authors, Advanced Science News Summary On the search for possibilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the substitution of fossil fuels through emission-free energy carriers has received increasing attention amongst researchers. In this context, the term “electrification” has been...


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Ohio's PowerForward roadmap aims to shape the grid of the future

Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network Summary A new roadmap for the future of Ohio’s electric grid can benefit all types of interest groups, but the next few years will be critical for the plan to achieve its goals. “I think there’s something in here for everyone,” said Asim Haque,...


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Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press News Summary RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The...