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Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid

Former FERC Chairman, Jon Wellinghoff spoke in an interview about the need to harden the electric grid from security threats by expanding the use of microgrids and distributed generation. “People are beginning to understand that they need their own onsite capabilities to island themselves from the grid. That’s because the grid’s external vulnerabilities will continue… Keep reading →

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  While renewable energy systems are capable of powering houses and small businesses without any connection to the electricity grid, many people prefer the advantages that grid-connection offers. A grid-connected system allows you to power your home or small business with renewable energy during those periods (daily as well as seasonally) when the sun is… Keep reading →

Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm Nears Completion

Germany’s Siemens has handed over the first of a total of five commissioned North Sea grid connections, the BorWin2 offshore platform, to its customer TenneT, a German-Dutch transmission grid operator, for immediate commercial operation, the company announced in a press release on January 30. TenneT is one of the four Transmission System Operators (TSOs) that… Keep reading →

Clean Energy Conferences Roundup: February 2015

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Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts… Keep reading →

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The first and probably the most relevant constraint to electricity markets is transmission grid capacity. Despite the liberalization of the sector, in many countries congestion continues to be a hindrance for competitive prices. Italy is one such country. Data on day-ahead market prices show a decrease in the last few years which has been principally driven… Keep reading →

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CES

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Life In Erbil As Insecurity Continues In Iraq

In its goal of pursuing statehood, the Islamic State became an oil state at the worst time. When international oil prices were trading closer to $100/bbl, it’s estimated that IS could have been making $6 million a day from black market oil sales. The oil price decline is altering the way IS conducts its business… Keep reading →

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Have you ever heard of a synchrophasor? It may sound like a word out of science fiction, but these mailbox-sized devices are already changing the electrical grid as we know it. The grid was born over a century ago, at a time when our needs were simpler and our demand much lower. More complex needs are… Keep reading →

Plug-In 2008 Conference And Expo Highlights Latest Hybrid Electric Car

The smart grid has been slow to materialize for a combination of factors including investment challenges, but 2014 featured some important advances. “But these challenges also helped define the opportunities for companies, utilities and regulators working on building the next stage of smart grid — a “smart grid 2.0,” if you will. From building on… Keep reading →

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

Utilities exploring ways to integrate their renewable energy sources into their existing fleet should carefully examine the costs and characteristics of the many flexibility options at their disposal. This advanced planning can greatly reduce their investment needs, according to Jon Pietruszkiewicz, Project Manager, Black & Veatch. “Our message to utilities concerning their variable energy renewable… Keep reading →

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