This guidebook exclusively features smart grid and energy storage articles, including full charts, photographs, graphs and step-by-step instructions, previously featured in POWER magazine.
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Table of Contents
Which Side of the Meter Are You On?
Utilities have achieved success by supplying electricity from central station plants (the supply side) to a grid that carries electricity to customers (the demand side). One way to improve the efficiency of this supply chain is by adopting smart grid technology. The weak link in that chain is convincing customers to use, and regulators to invest in, the smart grid.
Smart Power Generation at UCSD
The University of California, San Diego has been accumulating awards for its savvy use of a constellation of power generation and energy-saving technologies. The campus already controls a fully functioning microgrid—including a cogeneration plant—and, as befits a research institution, is constantly looking for new ways to make its energy system smarter. This “living laboratory,” as campus leaders like to call it, demonstrates what it takes to build a smarter grid and why the effort is worth it.
The Smart Grid and Distributed Generation: Better Together
Electricity grids are slowly getting smarter. Simultaneously, the use of distributed generation is increasing. Though smart grid advocates tout the ability of a smarter grid to enable greater deployment of distributed resources, the benefits could flow in both directions.
Energy Storage Enables Just-in-Time Generation
One of the main criticisms of renewable energy facilities is that they are unable to dispatch electricity when it’s needed. The great game-changer is low-cost energy storage, which would enable renewable energy production to be stored and rapidly released when needed. Here are seven promising distributed energy storage technologies that could be commercialized in the near future.
Bulk Storage Could Optimize Renewable Energy
A defining challenge for the U.S. electricity industry is to economically integrate renewable energy facilities into grid operations without sacrificing reliability. Bulk energy storage options are commercially proven technologies that enable that integration most expediently. Existing and emerging national and state policy frameworks are supporting their application in projects under development throughout the country.
Vermont Electric Cooperative Takes Wise Approach to Smart Grid Projects
A cooperative in northern Vermont serving a largely rural area has proven that even small utilities can achieve great smart grid results by planning wisely.
The Smart Grid Has a Growth Spurt
Which country has the smartest grid? Which U.S. state has the most smart meters? What’s Google got to do with the grid?
Smart Grid: On the Money
How much will a smart grid cost? It’s a question that has gained importance in light of massive cost overruns for one highly touted U.S. project. Milestones for Flywheel, Lithium Battery Grid-Scale Projects
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