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Green Energy Storage is becoming Red Hot

Green Energy Storage is becoming Red Hot

According to a news release from S&C Electric Company "the concept of energy storage has become a practical reality. Utility companies are now installing energy storage systems on their distribution circuits to gain experience with these new distributed power resources, and determining how best to use them for both planned applications and contingency events." So what makes these energy storage systems GREEN? First, these Distributed Energy Storage Systems (DESS) can be used to help Read more [...]
Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

On October 23, 2008, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) hosted a U.S. Department of Energy E-Forum on Smart Grid. The title of the E-Forum was Smart Grid – What is the Value Proposition for Consumers? I had the opportunity to attend this excellent web-based seminar. The meeting announcement and the seminar presentations can be viewed from the Smart Grid page of NEMA’s website. I left the seminar with two primary observations: Even well informed, Smart Grid proponents continue Read more [...]
NEMA Staff attend DOE Smart Grid workshop

NEMA Staff attend DOE Smart Grid workshop

Two NEMA staff members, John Caskey from the Industry Operations and Eric Hsieh from Government Relations, participated in the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Implementation Workshop. The objective of the workshop was to develop metrics for measuring progress toward the implementation of the Smart Grid. More than 140 experts from utilities, equipment manufacturers, state agencies, universities and national laboratories attended. Teams of attendees worked to develop metrics for seven specific Read more [...]
Another WIN for utility ratepayers

Another WIN for utility ratepayers

Today, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced the initiation of a program that will help electric utilities more quickly incorporate energy-efficient electric transformers into their distribution grids. The ratepayers win because the electric utility is able to save energy and money using the highly efficient electric transformers. The environment wins because less CO2 released to the atmosphere. The utilities win because Read more [...]
WIND ENERGY – the good, the bad, and the ugly news!

WIND ENERGY – the good, the bad, and the ugly news!

I recently had the opportunity to attend the WINDPOWER 2008 Conference & Exhibition in Houston Texas. This event is reported to be the largest annual wind energy event in the world. There were approximately 770 exhibits and roughly 12,000 attendees. Actual wind turbine blades were on exhibit outside the conference center and a complete nacelle (turbine housing) was open for inspection on the exhibit floor. The GOOD news is that the wind industry has made giant strides over the past year. Read more [...]
Smart Grid on its way!

Smart Grid on its way!

Xcel Energy announced the development of the first Smart Grid City in Boulder Colorado. According to Xcel Energy's press release, Xcel Will be spending $100 million to develop the Smart Grid City. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends Xcel for investing in the future and pursuing Smart Grid technologies. For those new to the terminology, Smart Grid is basically the national electric grid with monitoring, communications, intelligence and control capabilities integrated Read more [...]
Mulching Lawn Mowers – Better than sliced bread

Mulching Lawn Mowers – Better than sliced bread

Three weeks ago I purchased a new Troy-Built lawn mower with mulching capabilities. My old lawn mower was still in good condition, but it wasn't designed to mulch the grass. I could either bag the grass clippings every time I cut the grass, or I could leave big clumps of grass on my lawn. I decided it was time for me to try a new lawn mower. I'm not sold that this lawn mower is the best one on the market, but it does a relatively good job. I checked Consumer Reports before I purchased the Read more [...]
Is Your Bike Carrier GREEN?

Is Your Bike Carrier GREEN?

Spring is in the air for most of the U.S.  Now is the time for our thoughts to turn to vacations and hiking, biking, boating and just about anything outdoors. If you are taking your bikes with you on vacation, consider how much gas you waste by carrying your bikes on the roof of your car or van.  My family drives to the beach each summer for vacations. The automobile trip is about 600 miles each way. Since my background is in energy and engineering and saving money, I pay close attention Read more [...]