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Hydro and Tranmission = Better Utilization of Wind

  http://climatecrocks.com/2014/02/04/transmission-allows-wind-storage-in-canada/

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Transmission Line Upgrades Could Unlock The ‘Saudi Arabia’ of Wind

By Clayton Handleman   Featured on CleanTechnica.com Wind is widely considered the most environmentally friendly source of electrical generation available.  It is no secret that the wind resource in the Great Plains states is extraordinary, so much so that wind … Continue reading

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V2G – Can It Avert a Crises?

Recently, New England came close to having an electricity supply crises.  On December 14 2013 the electric power grid was pushed to its max.  Electricity was bid up to nearly $1.00 / kWhr.  I wondered whether, in the future, electric … Continue reading

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Smart Grid To Be $2 Trillion Industry

This article looks at the massive undertaking that the smart grid is going to be, claiming that it is a $500 Billion investment.  For perspective, that is less expensive than the Gulf war, spread out over a longer time and … Continue reading

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First Off-Shore Lease Goes to Deepwater Wind!

This is exciting for at least two reasons.  The first is that it is unlikely to run into nearly as much opposition as the embattled Cape Wind project.  Cape wind tested all kinds of siting issues which this lease addresses … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part III

The first two installments of – The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables here and here – show where the the most renewable resources are and background on a concept for a nationwide Super Grid to aggregate those renewable … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part II

In an earlier post The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables I looked at why a more robust grid is important if we are to dramatically expand the use of renewable energy.  In short, it provides a way to … Continue reading

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The ‘Super Grid’ is Super Important for Renewables Part I

Forbes recently released an interesting article on the importance of grid expansion in the US.  They did a nice job of highlighting some of the critical issues.  Upgrading the electric power transmission system is an infrastructure upgrade that can contribute … Continue reading

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DC Power Transmission

It is great to see Reuters bring to the public the esoteric but very important topic of High Voltage DC Power Transmission.  This is the technology that could be taking power from the Great Plains to the coasts.   I think … Continue reading

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Superconducting Power Transmission

Nice article on first utility scale power transmission using superconductors. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/superconductors-enter-commercial-utility-service

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