By Christine Hertzog 09/04/13
Distributed generation (DG) has been called an existential threat to electric utilities. But it doesn’t have to be a doomsday scenario, and there’s interesting work going on in the field of Transactive Energy that envisions a much more pragmatic future of the Smart Grid.
By Stephen E. Morgan, CEO of American Clean Energy & Todd Foley, ACORE's SVP of Policy & Government Relations 8/26/13
At this moment, the U.S. can reinvent how we produce, store, transport, and consume electricity. With an abundance of domestic energy, our country is on its way to becoming “energy independent” by the end of the decade. But powering our homes and businesses with natural gas or other fossil fuels does not mean a reliable, clean, and affordable flow of electricity will follow.
In order to capitalize on recent energy advances, states, regulators, and the federal government must bring the inherent benefits of generating power from on-site renewable energy — what’s called distributed generation — to more Americans. Transitioning our grid to one supplied with more distributed generation in the forms of all types of renewable energy is essential to attaining The U.S.’s true energy independence; independence that allows for the most reliable, affordable, and cleanest energy to flow to every American.
August 15 -- The electricity system is experiencing growing pains these days. But it's not only demand for electricity that's expanding — it's the sources of electricity, particularly unpredictable kinds, like wind farms and solar panels. >>View Article
August 23 -- At this moment, the U.S. can reinvent how we produce, store, transport, and consume electricity. With an abundance of domestic energy, our country is on its way to becoming “energy independent” by the end of the decade. But powering our homes and businesses with natural gas or other fossil fuels does not mean a reliable, clean, and affordable flow of electricity will follow. >>View Article
March 22 -- Apple Inc now runs its largest U.S. data center entirely on renewable energy, with a majority of the power generated on-site from solar panels and fuel cells, the company's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, said on Thursday. >>View Article
March 4 -- Walmart is rolling out solar power at a dozen Ohio stores. The giant retailer has installed solar power arrays atop the stores in a process that's been in the works during the past year. They'll start producing power Monday. >>View Article
March 1 -- A report released last week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC), a non-profit corporation based in New York State, offers nine recommendations for how California can boost distributed generation in the state. >>View Article
February 26 -- Even though the 2013 National Football League season is about six months away, one team is driving the ball down the field in helping to boost the changing image of spectator sports as a champion in environmental sustainability. Sunpower is helping recent Super Bowl Finalists, the San Francisco 49ers, by providing a solar panel system for their new stadium. >>View Article
February 12 -- The real reason Germany dominates in solar (and wind) is their commitment to democratizing energy, and half of their renewable power is owned by ordinary Germans. >>View Article