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Microgrid 2020 Conference

The Industry's Premiere Event Hosted by Microgrid Knowledge Following its highly successful events in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Diego, Microgrid Knowledge now brings the microgrid industry’s annual conference back to the Northeast’s vibrant energy corridor. Microgrid 2020 is the one microgrid conference you will not want to miss. Don’t take our word for it. See…
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Focus of Change: Energy Transition

We are living in unprecedented times. Now imagine a widespread power outage. Crisis has a way of sharpening our collective societal focus, and by all accounts the coronavirus pandemic is a generational event whose effects will be felt for decades. As the United States’ COVID-19 cases soar and we bear down on week 4 of…
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Tools for the Toolbox

Energy Transition Planning Flashcards In our last blog post, we laid out the need for tools and resources that can help energy transition advocates to increase their knowledge and ability to engage constructively with industry stakeholders. Today we’re going to focus on Energy Transition Planning Flashcards. Download as a free bookmarked PDF | Also available…
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An Energy Transition Planning Toolbox

"Solar installation, electrician's toolbox" by CoCreatr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Electricity has come a long way since the first distribution systems were built in the 1870s. From lighting and heating our homes and businesses to powering the appliances, devices, and vehicles and that keep us connected and productive, electrical energy is nothing short…
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Mitigation Planning as Framework for Energy Transition Planning

“Climate change mitigation icon” is used under CC0 1.0. Conversations about climate change are increasingly driven by stories about its adverse effects in real time, from flooding and temperature swings to the near-normal occurrence of Category 5 hurricanes and beyond. It’s well understood that renewable energy will play an important role in mitigating the root…
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House Bill 11 is Wrong for PA

At a glance, the arguments in support of adding a nuclear tier to the state's AEPS seem to have some merit. But a deeper dive shows that HB11 would unfairly enrich investors at a cost of $500 million/year to ratepayers.

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Energy is a Community Conversation

More and More Communities are "Ready for 100" It’s never been more obvious that energy is a COMMUNITY conversation. More and more we see municipalities making “Ready for 100” announcements, committing to a version of the Paris Climate Accord, e.g. 100% renewable energy (RE) for electricity by 2035 and for all sources by 2050. These…
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Integrated Energy Visioning

Does your senior living community have an integrated energy vision? With today's changing grid, energy should be at the core of your planning efforts – controlling costs, ensuring its availability and adequacy, aligning it with your organization's mission and community's values. New combinations of well-understood technologies make it possible to meaningfully advance these directives in…
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How do Senior Living stakeholders view Energy?

ProtoGen's booth at the 2018 LeadingAge Conference & Expo The results are in! We asked attendees of the 2018 LeadingAge Conference & Expo about the changing electrical grid & its impact on senior living. Respondents (n=41) included a cross-discipline mix of senior living community leaders and employees (nursing, financial, operations, facilities, etc.), professional service providers (developers,…
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Volatility Ahead for PA Energy

As part of our preparation for this week's annual Pennsylvania Municipal Electrical Association (PMEA) conference, we took a look at some key factors that are set to create volatility for energy markets in the Commonwealth. These range from the planned decommissioning of coal and nuclear plants to the rise of natural gas (and the US'…
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Cupholders and Microgrids

When the first Ford model T rolled off the production line in 1908, it didn’t have cupholders. Ford’s idea was simplicity of design. This method enabled quick and therefore low-cost production, which in turn allowed millions of people to become first-time car owners. It wasn’t until 45 years later in 1953 that the vehicle cupholder…
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Warring States Period

The US electric grid modernization and transition to distributed generation resembles the Chinese Warring States Period of the 5th to 3rd centuries BC. Much like those great generals, the power brokers of today are using stratagems (i.e. a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end). “Microgrids” have emerged…
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Putting Utilities Back in the Driver’s Seat

The continued convergence of energy and transportation is creating tremendous opportunity for new business models, even as it stacks the odds against traditional electric utilities. News of Renault-Nissan developing plans to build a 100 MWh grid battery with used EV/Hybrid batteries is big.  The dawn of super cheap batteries is here, just not in the…
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First Bite: How the Utility Business Model Could Eat Itself

Consolidation of the electric utilities has become a key strategy for companies like Exelon. As long-term energy profits are threatened by the high level of customer energy empowerment, teaming up makes sense. But now comes a new challenge in the form of technology-driven startup utilities like Drift. An algorithmic, big data-approach to rates and the…
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Humanity’s Last Invention

AI has arrived, and depending on your perspective, that’s probably somewhere exciting and worrisome. Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are helping us be more productive, and the prospect of solving big data problems like grid modernization with machine learning and cognitive computing is very exciting. But should we be looking at the bigger picture?…
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Until Death Do Us Part

The flowers are ordered, the catering deposit has been cashed, and the invitations are in the mail. Let's face it, the marriage of AI and EV is happening, and sooner than you may think. It’s difficult to imagine just how disruptive their union will be, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. Stanford economist…
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Strategy vs. Planning

When preparing to accomplish a goal, our first reaction is often to plan. It is instilled in us from a young age. Winston Churchill said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Is that strategic planning? And where does strategy fit in, anyway? A strategy is how you position around an opportunity, and…
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Deviating from the Standard

Within the energy sector, the main driver of change has been to increase efficiency. As in, we have accepted the underlying prime movers are infallible and only need some tidying-up. Deviation from natural monopolies and exposure to the global markets have introduced a perception of uncertainty. For innovators, however, it has created fertile ground to…
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Blockchain Reaction

The combination of software and hardware in the energy sector is presenting some exciting developments. Have you been following Blockchain? If not, it's time to. Commercial deployment of this accounting tool, coupled with distributed generation and load aggregation, is going to create tremendous growth opportunities. If you’re not sure what lies ahead it’s time to…
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