Tag: power grid


Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd. Ed White, vice president of customer & business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with Read more…


In the last month several green patent complaints were filed in the fields of LEDs, advanced batteries and smart grid. LEDs Bayco Products, Inc. v. Philips Intellectual Property & Standards


In my time spent working on Brooklyn apartments, I’ve seen some strange things, but nothing as odd as the time I witnessed a man harnessing the power of his elliptical to send electricity to the other lights in the home. Read more…


The temperature is 100 degrees and we have no air conditioning, no running water, no telephone and no Internet. It’s been 60 hours since our household lost electricity because of the super derecho, a rare surprise storm that swept ten Read more…


The Obama Administration will invest $180 million in innovative offshore wind projects over the next six years as part of an initiative to promote a renewable energy sector that in the U.S. remains largely untapped. The Department of Energy will Read more…


New transmission is a major issue and permitting is complex, time-consuming, and expensive. Overhead HV often takes 5-7 years to permit. HVDC lines take far less time, because they are laid underground and require only a small right-of-way, which speeds Read more…


The popular Spanish holiday destination will clean up its energy mix with an underwater connection to the mainland. Back in October 2007 Siemens announced on its website that its Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) would connect the resort island of Read more…


Plugging in an electric car is very well and environmentally good, but what about the emissions reductions of connecting a large yacht or even an entire cruise ship to the grid? Currently, ships must burn fuel to maintain onboard systems, Read more…


I am not going to lie — when I first heard about solar battery storage, I was not overly excited. Because I usually work with our efficiency programs – and communicating how our customers can conserve energy and save money Read more…


The sun is ready to go to work in the Empire State. Why, it can even clean a subway car. And these hot summer temperatures serve as a timely (and toasty) reminder that solar is ready and able to help Read more…


At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of Read more…


Have you ever been on a sailboat when the wind kicked up and a big gust tossed you into the water? (Not that I have, of course. My friend maintains that he is an “expert captain.”) Or have you experienced Read more…


I think it would be a system operator’s nightmare. You’re responsible for keeping everyone’s lights on, but a passing set of clouds cuts the output from several solar arrays from 100% to 20% — and then raises it back up Read more…


Of the 12 smart grid projects to win an award as part of the GE Ecomagination Challenge, one in particular caught my attention. That is GE’s collaboration with Columbia University’s School for Engineering and Applied Science, FedEx Express and Con Read more…

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