Renewable Energy

Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… 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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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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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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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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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… 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 Efficiency as the First Fuel for an Emerging Economy?

In the discourse around energy and climate, it is often said that energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest and most abundant source of energy. The premise being: Energy is not… Read more »

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Achieving Grid Security and Resiliency through Energy Efficiency

According to the World Bank, in 2011, the United States consumed 13,300 kWh per capita. Other similar industrialized nations such as Germany (~7,100 kWh) and Japan (~7,800 kWh) used large… Read more »

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Solving your Smart City Puzzle

In my travels I’m constantly asked two questions: What is a smart city and how do we go about that journey? Even answering these two questions can be difficult as… Read more »

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Sailing Close to the Wind – Power Margins and Smart Grids

As a regular media commentator, it’s easy to tell when a breaking story has caught the attention of the public. When National Grid, the UK power system operator, announced expected… 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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Photovoltaic equipment safety: Always err on the side of caution!

Ensuring the safety of your solar energy equipment can be complex. You have to address issues like PV panels comprising several energy sources, direct current, and the fact that equipment… 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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Maximize Economic Return with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving that last mile of efficiency and squeezing everything they can from their existing asset infrastructure. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial… Read more »

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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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COP20: The Challenge to Detach Economic Growth from Energy Consumption

The need to accelerate global economic growth as a key source of job creation and improvement of living conditions is something that nobody disagrees upon. Proof of this is the… 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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Solar farms and rooftop solar panels: Maintenance is crucial!

When solar energy equipment has been installed properly by a professional, there is no reason not to consider it safe. However, to keep your installation working as it should, maintenance… Read more »

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Power Forward: The Next Age?

Since the devastating Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has struggled to develop a comprehensive energy policy that will satisfy the majority of its citizens. Some people advocate re-commissioning the country’s… Read more »

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Achieving Energy Efficiency & a lot more through the Smart Grid

Meeting electricity needs in a cost-effective way has always remained a challenge. In other words, it has continuously been an unachieved target to generate carbon free and efficient power, distribute… Read more »

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Tackling Photo Pollution for a Smarter World

We all have caught a spectacular glimpse of vibrant cities, while on a flight during night time. Though we are spell bound by the beautiful view, what we often witness… Read more »

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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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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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The Internet of Things Provides the Opportunity to Achieve Global Sustainability Now

Take a look at these numbers. 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people in the world today who don’t have access to electricity. 30% – this number represents 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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GUEST POST: Now, good news on the war on poverty: Partnerships work!

Tired of hearing how most of “charity” money seems to get wasted?  Here are some straight facts that will help to brighten your day on this issue. The bottom of… 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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Mixed Signals Relating to Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no… Read more »

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