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Commentary from Industry Pros
One of the biggest concerns with many forms of renewable energy is their inability to store active energy during times when the sun isn't out, or when the wind isn't blowing. With these energies gaining popularity and growing at an impressive rate, it seems as though establishing an efficient form of energy storage is a foregone conclusion for the future.
So you have decided to enroll your facility in a demand response program. You understand that your organization will be protecting the electric grid from blackouts and brownouts during times of high demand, and you are aware of the revenue your organization will earn from this program. The only thing left to do is to work with your demand response provider and develop a successful reduction strategy to implement during an emergency event. Although each organization is different and will require a tailored plan, there are eight main strategies that prove to be effective for most facilities.
The generator is the single most capital intensive and significant equipment in the power system and hence its protection becomes very critical both to the faulted generator as well as the power system fed by it. Damage to the generating unit can take away lot of outage time which shall directly impact the revenue of the utility producing power. Hence, generator protection assumes prime importance in the field of protection design. The case of an earth fault on an ungrounded synchronous generator has been analyzed, some conclusions have been derived which shall impact the setting of the field failure protection and also setting guidelines for field failure protection for different conditions have been derived.
Electrify Heartland (EH) is a product of the Greater Kansas City Plug-In Readiness Task Force, which is managed by the Metropolitan Energy Center of Kansas City. EH's goal is to produce a regional plan to prepare public resources and secure the economic and environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles within targeted metro areas with an estimated population of 2.7 million people. The plan will be publicly releasable and replicable for electric vehicle (EV) and charging infrastructure deployment in other regions. This planning effort focuses on the deployment of 1 million U.S. EVs by 2015.
Analytics has been one of the buzz words in many industries that have direct and high volume of customer engagement like banks, retailers and telecom companies. Typically these industries generate a lot of data and therefore analytics has been put to great use in these industries. Organizations in these industries have grown, outshined and helped themselves out of deep problems just on the strength of strong analytics. With the utilities industry also showing similar characteristics of increasing direct and high volume of customer engagement and generating tons of data due to initiatives like smart metering, it's now time for utilities to take the analytics game seriously.
The five billion euro question should be...where's ROI? The European Court of Auditors was not looking for Elmo recently they were looking for return on investment for the five billion Euros (6.7 billion US dollars) spent through the European Union's Cohesion Policy Fund.
Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. During peak hours, electricity consumption soars, making it difficult for utilities to supply a sufficient amount of power to all consumers. If it wasn't for demand response, many would be left in complete darkness. To top it off, those who participate will receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing their electricity during these peak hours. So, which organizations are ideal candidates for demand response?
The connection between energy and water, often referred to as the "energy water nexus" is collecting attention from business leaders, policy makers, and citizens alike. In short, this term refers to the close link between water and energy. Water is used in nearly every aspect of energy production. So, saving energy will save water, and saving water will save energy.
In February of this year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center - Coastal Hydraulics Lab (ERDC-CHL) reported that it had deployed the largest Wave Energy Converter (WEC) in the US at their Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. According to their posting, their facility hosted a wave surge actuated device (a system in the "onshore systems" category of pendulor devices, as described by the Department of Energy). The Navy has also tested a wave energy device (more in the general DOE category of "offshore systems") at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe (MCBH). According to a Navy Times posting of last year, the intent is to provide wave produced power to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, HI by 2014.
Demand Response (DR) in the Texas restructured market seems to be on verge of becoming the next big thing. Unfortunately, it has been on the verge of being the next big thing for quite a while. The mounting evidence, however, seems to support the democratization of DR by enabling technologies that address the greatest source of power reserves in the state: Peak Residential Demand.