Renewable Energy

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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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… 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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The Right Renewable Energy Catch

When it comes to renewable energy, companies might feel a little like a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Like the lead on the popular reality-TV program in which one man (or… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Transformation From DNO to DSO

If you work for a distribution network operator (DNO), you probably spend a lot of time planning for the future. That’s partly because modern distribution networks are no longer designed… Read more »

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Why Digitization is the way forward in a digital-first world

One of the most vital aspects of any business today is a transformative Customer Experience. Imagine a customer walking into a shop or a showroom to buy a product, many… 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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A Vaccine Against the Utility Death Spiral

In a previous blog post, I described the threat to utilities of the rise of distributed generation and how they could fend off this risk by highlighting the intrinsic value… Read more »

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Innovative Partnerships Help Alleviate Energy Poverty in Africa

Energy Poverty | noun, often attributive | ˈenərjē ˈpävərdē | is lack of access to modern energy services.

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Powering the New Energy World

Today’s energy world is facing widespread transformation. The electricity and Oil & Gas sectors are taking note. Traditional, centralized electric grid models are evolving to a world of distributed energy… Read more »

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Solar Decathlon: The Energy Leaders of Tomorrow

Inspiring. The word that comes to mind when I reflect on my recent experience at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. For those that may not be familiar,… 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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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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