Making Smart Grid the destination for 2020 Olympics

By Zachary Alexander on

The conversations about where the sustainability movement goes after the Rio Olympics have actually uncovered more challenges to success in 2016. And it appears that the impediments to moving beyond the primary states (i.e., California, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas) are formidable. But, techno economic change waits for no country to get its …

How do you measure the Value of a Power Plant never Built?

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A lot of very serious people like to ask economic developers at utility companies about the real cost of deploying smart grid technology. And the answer is that you can’t justify the hard dollars spent on smart grids by just thinking about the costs of power plants not built. In fact, most people only think …

Why Utility Companies are bracing for a Smart Grid Slowdown

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A lot of very serious people say that the best way to achieve sustainability is by investing in smart grid technology (i.e. smart metering). However, their smart grid plans tend to fall apart when exposed to the real world. The problem is there is little appetite by the government for investing the enormous sums necessary …

Will Smart Metering suffer the Same Fate as Rural Internet?

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According GTM Research’s new report called “the Smart Grid in Asia, 2012-2016,” three Asians countries are going to spend over $10 billion on smart metering by 2016. This poses a threat to the competitiveness of both lesser industrialized communities and highly industrialized communities in the United States. Companies that locate their businesses in these Asian …

Why is Hydrogen Convergence missing from GridSec 2012?

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Next week, GridSec 2012 will be held in Irvine, Texas. The event will showcase the need to protect the operations of the nation’s power grid. Unfortunately, the sessions at this conference will not cover the threat posed by the Fossil Fuel Debt Spiral. This is not to say that the sessions that are covered aren’t …

What will the OnStar Open API mean for Hydrogen Convergence?

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This year, we at the ebTDesign Forum have spent a lot of time talking with you about the economic benefits of hydrogen fuel cell trucking versus other forms of trucking. Opening up the OnStar API to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) vendors will provide home owners with an alternative power supply during power outages. In fact, purchasing hydrogen …

Why hosting 2012 Olympic Offset Parties makes Sense

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Last month, the London 2012 Olympic Organizers dropped their plan to buy certified carbon credits to partially offset the carbon emissions that will be produced by holding the sporting events and other festivities. The organizers chose to reduce the carbon emissions at the source by changing behaviors rather than buying a “get out of jail …

Hydrogen Convergence of Smart Grid Deployment Plans

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A number of states across America are starting to question the value of deploying customer premise equipment to support the evolving smart grid. State regulators are asking utility companies to develop smart grid deployment plans that show the real value of the monitoring equipment they are installing. We at the ebTDesign Forum would advise you …

Combating the Mentality and Cost of Centralized Power Generation

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There is a real paralysis of thought when it comes to power generation. This fossilization revolves around the desire to continue centralized power generation and the major fixed costs associated with this strategy. Five years ago the power engineering community seemed more open to distributed generation. They embraced a new model that included similar kinds …

A Dirty Little Secret about American Smart Grid Development

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A fully integrated smart grid using the traditional public utility model will not only require deployment of customer premise equipment but also the build out of additional transmission infrastructure. Unfortunately, the United States does not generate enough engineers to implement its smart grid strategies as they are currently designed. Not enough young people are majoring …