Renewable Energy

Solving the Grid Flexibility Challenge: An Interview

Flexibility is the extent to which a power system can modify electricity patterns (production or consumption) in response to variability. My colleague Renzo Coccioni, an Industry and Government Relations Director… Read more »

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Pondering New Year’s Resolutions? Get Inspired by Our Award-Winning Project with Salem Community College

As I look back on 2015, so many of our projects fill me with pride. One project in particular earned accolades not just in my book, but also from the… Read more »

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Helping Wind Turbines and Grids Form More Reliable Connections

Wind turbines have become major players in today’s electricity-generation market, with year-over-year market growth, internationally, hitting 44 percent in 2014, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. However, this rapid… Read more »

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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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For Auld Lang Syne: Top 10 Data Center Blogs of 2015

As a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” resounds at the stroke of midnight every December 31, many people wonder what these obscure words really mean. Well, they are an homage… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: Providing Universal Access to Energy

Access to energy is a basic human right, but did you know… Learn more about Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy program  

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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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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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We Have the Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

It is apparent to me that COP21 will be a milestone on the path towards a world that is more sustainable. I have been participating in these conferences for the… Read more »

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Alcatel-Lucent and Schneider Electric: The Power of One

Frequent visitors to this blog site undoubtedly have read any number of posts talking about infrastructure issues, including advances in the distribution of electricity that are making the smart grid… 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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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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We don’t have to re-invent the wheel for global sustainability

Non-renewable energy resources such as coal and oil for power production have to be minimized to lessen the effects of climate change. Here’s why. It takes millions  of years for… Read more »

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Building Gender Equality ― a Sensible Choice for any Company

Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to… Read more »

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Decarbonization: Why utilities must focus on people

Utilities are deeply involved in the fight against climate change. Regulations at both a global and country level impel companies to combat it by significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities’… Read more »

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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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The ‘before and after’ of installing an electrical energy storage system: service = success

As grid operators continue to establish or expand their smart grid strategies worldwide, many major commercial and industrial businesses are already setting plans to control their own energy futures. The… Read more »

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The new prosumer microgrid: the key to energy flexibility, reliability, and savings

Electric grids everywhere are under stress. While the generation and transmission infrastructure ages, it’s predicted that by 2035 worldwide energy demand will grow by 41%. Weather events are also becoming… Read more »

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Could Solar be the Largest Electricity Source by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered recently on Twitter whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. My initial reaction was… Read more »

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Off-Grid Solar Lamps as a Quick Win for Access to Energy

Around the world, 1.2 billion people do not have access to energy. While 1 billion more have access only to unreliable and intermittent electricity. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing… 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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Technology pushes solar one step forward; Utilities pull it one step back

If you’ve seen one trade show, you’ve seen them all. They all have the dull roar of a hundred simultaneous conversations and the drifting smell of $8 hot dogs. Last… Read more »

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India – The Sunny Side of Energy

Intersolar India 2013, the largest expo on Solar Industry, took place at Mumbai in November.  It is part of the series of trade shows on solar theme held every year… Read more »

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Commodity Excess across the Energy Complex

Whilst watching a commercial for the new bacon crust pizza, I suddenly found myself equally torn between being really hungry, and considering the thin gray line of overindulgence. So while… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »

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Why Falling Oil May Not Hurt Renewable Power or Climate Change

The recent sharp drop in oil prices has sparked much debate on the cause, and also the profound effects for both consuming and producing countries.   Relatively little attention has been… Read more »

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Power Factor Correction: An Overlooked but Powerful Tool for Delivering Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

Amid all the talk about how to reduce CO2 emissions and limit climate change, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar often take center stage. But there’s another technology… Read more »

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Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So… Read more »

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