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Ensuring The Resilience Of The U.S. Electrical Grid The North American power grid is a modern engineering marvel, and yet at the same time it is increasingly a system facing great risk of being disrupted by adverse events. Nearly all of the critical ...
Smarter Grid is a Smart Investment For thousands of years, nocturnal light was an expensive luxury. Today we can't imagine life without cheap round-the-clock light. This is just one example of how the U.S. electrical grid is responsible for ...
Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S. Electrical Grid – Part IV: Key Investment Areas and Next Steps It has been widely observed across many aspects of life that, “knowledge is power,” and this certainly holds true in the case of knowing what is happening and why across the many pieces that comprise the electrical power grid. Specifically, because electricity from the grid cannot be stored and must instead be continuously generated and transmitted and then instantly consumed, the power of knowing in real-time the precise demand, actual supply flows, and any anomalous energy losses throughout the system is even more important than in many other arenas.
Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S. Electrical Grid – Part III: Requirements For A More Resilient System Despite all the wondrous aspects of our electrical power grid and our increasing dependence upon it, for all too many of us it is essentially invisible, and as a result we take a properly functioning and secure grid ...
Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S. Electrical Grid – Part II: Managing the Chaos – and Costs – of Shared Risks The North American power grid is indeed a modern marvel, and yet at the same time it is increasingly a system facing great risk. Part of this is merely due to the age of many of its essential components, for as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has noted, ...
Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S. Electrical Grid – Part I: Fixing It Before It Breaks According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Our century-old power grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth, so massively complex and inextricably linked to human involvement and endeavor ...
New Rankings Find Renewables a Small but Growing U.S. Energy Source California, Colorado and Massachusetts are the states that have been friendliest to renewable energy in recent years, according to a new analysis on EnergyTrends.org. But each of the states earned only a B on ...
Harnessing The Power Of The Sun: Investing In Utility-Scale Solar Technologies The three canonical reasons to support development of alternative energy sources have been increasing energy demand, rising energy costs and climate change. To these now must be added political instability in oil producing ...
August 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch In July, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy announced $92 million in new funding for 43 research projects in 18 states aimed at long-term solutions for improving how the nation uses and produces energy. The agency, originally authorized by Congress in 2009, opened for business last Spring. This announcement completed the third and final cycle of the office’s Recovery Act funding.
June 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Federal energy loan guarantees and grant programs can produce both intended (subsidies for research and development) and unintended (market distortions) effects on technology development and job creation, along with giving promising research a needed boost in capital.
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