EnergyBiz Magazine July/Aug 2014
In This Issue
  • Planning for a highly distributed grid
    We may not all know it yet, but life on the grid has changed forever. It may seem to resemble the network we’ve always known, partly because it does, with its wires and substations and big power plants. But a subtle, yet tectonic, shift has occurred. We are rapidly moving toward a future where the highly centralized and heavily engineered network of the past is devolving toward collective rather...
  • Flagship Microgrid
    There are few places on Earth with the abundance of renewable energy resources found in the islands of the Caribbean. As any resident or visitor of these islands knows, the region enjoys plentiful year-round sunshine and warm, steady winds, making the Caribbean not only an attractive vacation destination but also a natural fit to harness the power of renewable energy solutions. And yet, with few...
  • Universal Computer Presence
    A foreman approaches a capacitor bank in the field. He has been rerouted on his way back from a construction site to look at a possible problem. Oscillographic data from a power quality meter indicates that there may be a problem with the B phase at the capacitor. As the foreman approaches, a green light in the upper right of the field of vision illuminates, indicating that he is in the right...
  • An edge that moves
    Today’s utilities are investing heavily in communications-intensive IT applications that, when married with the electric, water, or gas delivery systems, produce significant benefits by improving safety and reliability, enabling demand response and reducing operating costs. This outfitting of 20th-century utilities with 21st-century telecommunications solutions has spawned a technology-centric...
  • The cleanest form of energy is that which isn't used
    As buzz words like “green jobs,” “green power,” “sustainability” and “net zero” have become more commonplace, so too are concerns about green washing and companies living up to their goals and commitments. Fortunately, I can say I am on the front lines, watching change happen daily from one of the greenest jobs possible as an energy management engineer. In this role, I help companies, property...
  • The solar rooftop revolution
    There is a rooftop revolution underway. The high growth numbers for solar over the past few years remind us that the trajectory of the solar industry is the same as the placement of the sun at noon — up. In the decades to come, trillions will be invested and made in solar as we transition to an economy run on renewables. My mission — and the mission of SfunCube, the company I founded with...
  • Lessons Learned
    To prove the concept of the rapid recovery transformer system, a consortium made up of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Department of Homeland Security, transformer manufacturer ABB and host electric utility company CenterPoint Energy developed an installation drill. Idaho National Laboratories oversaw the drill. The drill began on Monday morning, March 12, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri...
  • Addressing Threats
    Many European Politicians are still very upset about the NSA activities on governments in Europe.  The German Chancellor Angela Merkel did address this very topic during her recent talks with President Barack Obama.  It will take effort and time to rebuild trust in transatlantic relations.  But we do not have time to rebuild trust these days.  We do not have time to analyze...
  • When will it be commercial?
    For those of us who were involved in wave power research in the 1970s and 1980s, it has been a very long time to see dreams of energy from the seas becoming a reality. Even the new generation of entrepreneurs and researchers must occasionally feel that the dream remains tantalisingly over the horizon. However, very real progress has been made in the last 10 years. We have seen prototype wave and...