Renewable Energy

Schneider Takes Home Alliance Awards – and Our Customers Win, Too

It’s no secret that Schneider Electric is a big fan of strategic alliances. Perhaps you’ve read previous blog posts on the topic by my colleague Tony Despirito, such as this… Read more »

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Follow this formula for an easy residential solar installation

Adding solar to your house is not the easiest home improvement project. You cannot simply nail solar modules to your roof and wait for the sun to power up your… Read more »

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Implementing an integrated automated dispatch system to balance and optimize system resources and reliability

The challenge: Many utilities are faced with the increasing challenge of managing diverse load, demand response, distributed energy resources, generation, and variable renewables such as solar and wind power in… Read more »

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Renewable energy is risk averse – Just like you (and the NFL, Texas, and others you wouldn’t expect)

Maybe you chose a garden gnome in your yard to guard the spare house key. Or maybe you have it in a petunia planter, or under that nondescript rock. Keeping… Read more »

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What can the solar industry learn from toys?

What can the solar industry learn from toys? Believe it or not, I was a somewhat nerdy kid growing up.  I played with things like tinker toys and legos, and… Read more »

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The self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant

Today we know that the self-sufficient biological treatment plant is on the horizon. There are many options available to those who need to optimize their treatment plants, but for now I will… Read more »

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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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Facts & Stats – Global Warming 101

For several reasons it’s so important for organizations to do their part in helping to solve the energy dilemma – corporate social responsibility, reduced operational spending, public pressure, etc. But… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Expands Renewable Services with Acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy

Today I am very pleased to announce that Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) has acquired Renewable Choice Energy, a leading global provider of clean energy services. In ESS,… Read more »

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6 Ways Smartgrid Technology Can Solve Medium Voltage Substation Challenges

Utilities are struggling to manage distributed energy resources’ (DER) increased integration into the grid and face growing pressure to keep down costs and optimize assets, while at the same time… Read more »

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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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Choosing the Right Communication Architecture for Smart Distribution

You’ve read it a thousand times – about the energy transition and the pressure for electric utilities to simultaneously accommodate new distributed generation and increase power quality, all while improving… Read more »

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Why Solar Energy Prices Are at Record Lows

Spend five minutes on Google and you’ll find news on the plummeting cost of solar energy. And while wind electricity contracts are falling, solar installations are setting record-low prices for… Read more »

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What I learned From an Access to Energy Program with a Gender Lens in Brazil

When we dive into the access to energy world some startling statistics shine bright all over us: 1.1 billion people with no access to energy; 2.6 billion with no clean… Read more »

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COP-21: Life as We Know it Will Change

Whether you like it or not. With subsidies or not. Your life will change. Let me start telling you that an increasing part of your budget will be used to… Read more »

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The Future is Active

As the demand for energy grows and energy becomes more digitized, decentralized and decarbonized, leading companies are changing how electricity, natural gas and other resources are bought and sold, consumed… Read more »

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Novel Ideas for Energy Generation

The quest to diversify from fossil fuels has perhaps been no more successfully implemented than in Germany, where on the 14th morning of last month, it achieved a record 74% of… Read more »

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Why Today’s Robots Are Boring

For decades, robots have been cool. Sony’s robotic dog called Aibo would let people experience animal companionship without the mess. Honda had a small humanoid robot called Asimo. Say “Danger,… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids – Challenges, Benefits and Solutions for Smart Utilities

In a previous post, I discussed the unprecedented growth of Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids. In this post, I will cover the challenges… Read more »

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3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… Read more »

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DOE Expands ESPC ENABLE Program

Give Us More! In a move to increase the benefits of the ESPC ENABLE program to federal agencies, the US Department of Energy (DOE)  has addressed one of the primary comments… Read more »

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Chicago Ethanol Stubbornly Holding Premium to Gasoline

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices In the physical wholesale market, ethanol spot prices have now held a premium to gasoline spot values for a month,… Read more »

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Can We Make a Difference Through Access to Energy and Digitization?

It was a Saturday morning and I was sharpening my notes for speaking at a premier institute in Delhi, on Vision for Finance by 2020. This is when Ambia, our… Read more »

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Don’t Get Zapped – How (and Why) to Protect LED Lighting Systems

If you have thought about switching to LED lighting, you probably already know there are good reasons that applications for this technology continue to grow. LED purchase prices have come… Read more »

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