Renewable Energy

What our future energy leaders are saying about 2050

Last week the Norwegian University of Science and Technology hosted the biennial International Summit Energy Summit (ISES) in Trondhiem, Norway which attracted 400 students from 64 countries.  This event is… Read more »

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Rep. Welch of Vermont Stumps for Energy Bill at Xperience Efficiency Event

Xperience Efficiency 2013, the traveling Schneider Electric event that kicked off in early June in Washington, D.C., is attracting some significant players in the battle for energy efficiency. On the… Read more »

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Choosing an electrical energy storage system: brains meet muscle

If you consider that the recent worldwide 10-year average annual growth rate for solar energy production has been almost 46% , it seems like a good time to jump in… Read more »

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Make your energy ‘prosumer’ strategy work harder: store the energy you produce!

It’s no secret that recovering global and national economies are still putting businesses under a lot of strain. I’m sure most CEOs have two things top-of-mind every day: rebuilding profits… Read more »

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Place your bets! Is the solar industry emerging or maturing?

In theory, every emerging industry moves through the stages of the Consolidation Curve (Harvard Business Review, 2002) as it becomes a mature industry. Know where your industry lies on the… Read more »

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India’s policies on technology, financing and collaboration on renewables

In this post, I will summarize some of the major announcements outlining the roadmap for renewable energy  in India during the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-4). These energy policy  announcements were… Read more »

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How Alliances Will Help Us Build Smart Cities and Stave Off Doom

I recently finished reading an insightful book called “The Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin, an accomplished author and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, among various other titles… Read more »

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‘Wise’ Signals ‘Experience’

Just to change it up a bit, we’re going to use a different term here. Instead of the ubiquitous term ‘smart energy’, we’re going to suggest Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation… Read more »

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Two Exciting Days at the Clean Energy Ministerial-4 in New Delhi

The recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-4) in New Delhi saw two days of deliberations, policy announcements, and showcasing of innovative products and ideas in the clean energy space. The… Read more »

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Wind Energy Shouldn’t Be Risky Energy

They’re big. Those huge wind turbines stand tall with their dynamic faces to the wind, challenging the planet to “bring it on.” They reflect highly advanced engineering and are monuments… 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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Rise of the Corporate Energy Buyer: Renewable Energy’s Unexpected Ally

A sea change in the energy industry has happened as the momentum of renewable energy reached and surpassed a tipping point that many of us in the industry had envisioned… Read more »

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Buy or Install Renewable Energy? What Every Business Should Know

Choosing the right renewable energy option requires a deep and detailed understanding of current energy spending and usage patterns, budget goals, and risk tolerance. These variables will dictate many of… Read more »

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Ellen MacArthur’s Good Idea: The Circular Economy

The concept of a circular economy is one of the most important new ideas to be developed in recent years, and those of us in the electrical distribution and controls… Read more »

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Video: Behind the Scenes of Energy University

In a previous post, I discussed how Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the 2014 EU… Read more »

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Top 3 Benefits of Renewable Power Purchase Agreements For Your Business

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are the energy source of the 21st century. But what is so alluring about these agreements for commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers? Why are businesses like… 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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Increase Asset Availability, Reliability and Performance with APM 4.0

There is a revolution happening in asset performance management (APM). The intersection of Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and technologies such as predictive maintenance, cloud, big data and… Read more »

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Lethargic US Biodiesel Spot Market Drops more than 10% in Q3

Soya methyl esters biodiesel spot prices in the United States dropped 10.5% or more in the third quarter to four-year lows despite higher implied demand for distillate fuels, pressured by… 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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Lethargic US Biodiesel Spot Market Drops more than 10% in Q3

Soya methyl esters biodiesel spot prices in the United States dropped 10.5% or more in the third quarter to four-year lows despite higher implied demand for distillate fuels, pressured by… Read more »

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The keys to managing demand in a microgrid

In a microgrid, a key to controlling its relationship with the main grid is managing demand, i.e, the loads. With respect to the relationship between generation and demand, a microgrid’s… Read more »

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Resiliency through DER and microgrids: It starts with situational awareness

Among the top goals of modern electrical distribution utilities are better network reliability and resiliency. And one emerging technology offers a way to meet those goals—microgrids. From the perspective of… Read more »

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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… Read more »

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How much Longer until Everyone has Access to Energy?

“Energy” has already reached recognition on the sustainable development agenda, but it took two decades after Agenda 21 for the universal access to energy to be finally defined by the… Read more »

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Ellen MacArthur’s Good Idea: The Circular Economy

The concept of a circular economy is one of the most important new ideas to be developed in recent years, and those of us in the electrical distribution and controls… 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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