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The Uber Effect on Electricity

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Llewellyn King

Who pays the cost of maintaining the grid while the rooftop entrepreneur uses it at will? Short answer: everyone else.

The Grid Reliability Myth

Carl Pope | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Why do we keep reading about unreliability as the problem with a 100-percent clean power future? The media confuses intermittency with unreliability. A full moon is intermittent -- and so are eruptions of Old Faithful. But we would not describe either of them as "unreliable."

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Bad: Change Just for the Sake of Change

Richard Ha | Posted 07.09.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Things are moving fast in terms of energy, and nobody knows, right now, where we are heading. Where we end up will not only shape our own futures, but...

For Energy Security, Bring a Gun to the Knife Fight

Anne Butterfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Communities should think about threats to our giant, centralized grid and tell utilities, "Don't just protect the grid - help us fortify our essential services with distributed generation."

NY State Working Hard to Catch up With CA's Energy Storage Requirements

Bill Radvak | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Bill Radvak

This report clearly signals to me that the U.S. government clearly wants to create a substantial energy storage marketplace and is laying the groundwork to make this a reality.

'Green News Report' -- August 22, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

'Green News Report' is heard on many fine radio stations around the country. For additional info on stories we covered today, plus today's 'Green News Extra', please click right here...

Flexible Grid, Renewable Energy Offer Hope for Future

Rhone Resch | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

What have we learned 10 years after the largest blackout in U.S. history? Well, for one thing, solar power and other renewables are more important than ever when it comes to our nation's energy security and grid reliability.

The Nation's Electric Grid: Looking Back at 2003 and How Far We've Come

Patricia Hoffman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Patricia Hoffman

We are a nation with a history of looking at what needs to be done, learning from our experiences, and then taking action. We must -- and we will -- continue doing what needs to be done so that our nation is prepared to meet these evolving challenges.

White House Calls For Increased Grid Spending

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green

NEW YORK — The cost of weather-related power outages is high and rising as storms grow more severe and the U.S. electric grid gets older, accord...

Greening the Grid: Interview With National Grid US President Tom King

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Natalie Pace

This month, while I was researching electric vehicle power stations, I came across a Northeastern utility company that is leading the nation in the pu...

'Green News Report' - July 2, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Bite the Bullet or Wait for Godot

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Japan has taken the lead in mining methane hydrate, and India is spending $30 million a year on methane-hydrate R&D. While commercialization is at least a decade away, what is Pakistan doing in the meantime?

It's Time to Invest in a 21st-century Power System

Craig Lewis | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Craig Lewis

To even maintain our antiquated power system, massive investments estimated at $673 billion are needed by 2020. Why not invest this money into the creation of a modern power system that is actually capable of meeting the full set of America's energy needs?

Detecting Power Theft by Sensors and the Cloud: Awesense Smart System for the Grid

James Grundvig | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

With commercial customers on six of the seven continents of the world, Awesense appears to be leading the charge of delivery ROI to its customers by means of recouping the "cheapest watt" of power.

Why Smart Meters Will Never Gain Mass Use

Seyi Fabode | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Seyi Fabode

Utilities, smart meter manufacturing companies and the government all tout the need for implementation of smart meters and smart metering equipment. Unfortunately these initiatives are bound to fail for two reasons.

5 Long-Term Trends the New Obama Cabinet Should Understand

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

The new Obama cabinet should focus on promoting improved migration policies in the countries forecasted to age most. Such policies would help these countries, which are now our major economic partners, to promote stability and growth in a way that's sustainable long into the future.

A Smart Grid Utopia, Deep in the Heart of Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Jason Stanford

Thanks to $10.5 million from the stimulus, Pecan Street is creating jobs and fighting global warming, Tejas style. The smart grid neighborhood acts as a real-world lab to get customer feedback on new technologies.

Cloud Computing: Business Transformation in the Cloud

Posted 03.14.2012 | Technology

The IBM Smart Cloud is transforming industries as diverse as healthcare, energy, government, and filmmaking. These cloud computing case studies help t...

Evolution of the TIR Intergrid and Lateral Power

Matt Laherty | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green
Matt Laherty

Like the first two industrial revolutions, the global transformation to a Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) will emerge over time. It will be marked with important milestones along the path.

The Consumer Driven Smart Grid

Robert Wilhite | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business
Robert Wilhite

Today's electric and gas providers operate in a market that is controlled through regulatory authorities. Providers of the future will seek to operate under a market and customer-driven model, rather than our regulatory construct of today.

The Smart Grid: A Better Forecast for Reliable Power and Clean Energy Jobs

Jack Darin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Crazy weather we're having, right? It's been a stormy summer, and one full of reminders about the need to invest in our electric grid.