Category: microgrids

USA Electric Grid Vulnerable For Attack

Wall Street Journal Grid attack

The Wall Street Journal has recently done a in depth study of our nations electric grid system. The bottom line is our electric grid is not safe. Not at all. Billions of dollars would need to be poured into the system to make it safe. Are micro grids an alternative to pouring more tax payer dollars into an already archaic system?  Read about the article here. There is also a video about the report you can access here on our Facebook page.

2016 Already a Breakthrough Year For Solar Energy

 

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Solar energy has been growing for years now.  But 2016 could turn out to be one of the biggest yet!  Growth is predicted now at 116% New technologies, new regulations, public opinion, green businesses have led to many new models of solar available.  Community solar and micro-grids, unheard of just a few years ago are gaining significant momentum.   The Hill does a good job of explaining how this is a nationwide phenomena.  Read Here.

New York State Takes Giant Step Towards Clean Energy

New York State On Green Environmental Conservation and Nature Icon Pattern

New York State has taken another giant step toward creating a modern, 21st Century electric system with additional orders from the NYS Public Service Commission.

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) aims to provide the means for all NYS electric users to become more active and engaged CONsumers of cleaner – and less expensive – energy; and to provide the ability for everyone to become PROsumers, generating clean energy and selling it back into an interactive electric grid.

Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman says it best: “New York is taking a new direction today by creating the most-advanced and forward-thinking business model for electric utility rates anywhere in the country…By aligning utility profits with market-enabling activities, residential and business customers can lower their energy bills through advances in digital technology and power-saving systems built for private homes and apartments, as well as entire neighborhoods.”

The new REV order provide utilities with the means to recover their infrastructure costs, while incentivizing them to increase customer engagement, improve energy efficiency and system utilization, and make it easier to interconnect distributed solar & other clean energy generation.

Greentech Media produced a good summary of all the key points for further information.

Nissan Introduces a Possible Energy Future

Electric Car Charging Station

This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere.  Kind of like community solar model gone wild.  It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be.   OK,  lots of people will be cynical watching the video,   but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!

Questioning Value of Large Utility Renewable Systems

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