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A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

10/31/18

“How can we be both green and scary on Halloween?”

 

Today in the United States and across the world is Halloween. Here stateside, people dress up in silly costumes, decorate their house, and trick-or-treat for candy. But even though this is a special night, it is still time to be thinking about how we can do our part to climate change. So here are A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween.

 

  1. Use LED lights for Halloween decorations.
  2. Use solar panels to capture energy during the day and unload it at night
  3. Give out low-carbon intensity candies.

 

Have a great night full of scary sugary goodness Y’all!!!

 

Image credit media.treehugger.com

The Grid Edge

The Grid Edge

The Grid Edge

10/30/18

“What exactly is the bleeding edge of the utility industry?”

 

The utility industry is evolving rapidly. The days of the old, centralized paradigm are now gone. In their place is a network of distributed and autonomous systems capable of handling the renewable, resilient future. Companies that are on the bleeding edge of all of this are known as The Grid Edge, and are positioned to grow their market manyfold in the near future.

How Extreme Weather Events Can Cause Energy Prices to Skyrocket

How Extreme Weather Events Can Cause Energy Prices to Skyrocket

How Extreme Weather Events Can Cause Energy Prices to Skyrocket

10/22/18

“How can extreme weather events cause energy prices to go out of whack?”

 

When the weather gets too hot or too cold, people will turn on HVAC systems to compensate. This will cause greater demand on the electricity system, which in turn will lead to more constraints and therefore higher costs for everyone. This is How Extreme Weather Events Can Cause Energy Prices to Skyrocket. The advent of climate change will only exacerbate this, as extreme weather events will become far more frequent.  So in the end, it will pay in the long term to upgrade critical infrastructure systems to more resilient standards.

 

Image credit Bigerna, S. (2018). Estimating temperature effects on the Italian electricity market. Energy Policy118, 257-269.

Why Renewable Energy would be a Great Investment for Indonesia

Why Renewable Energy would be a Great Investment for Indonesia

Why Renewable Energy would be a Great Investment for Indonesia

09/18/18

“Why should Indonesia invest more in renewable energy?”

 

Indonesia is a nation whose size is only matched by its diversity. An archipelago comprising of 17,000 islands with over 242 million people speaking over 300 different languages, it truly is a behemoth to behold. Currently, Indonesia generates around 84% of its energy from fossil fuel resources. But increasing its portfolio of renewable energy could be greatly beneficial to it.

 

 

  1. Ideal Climate for Renewable Energy

 

Being a chain of islands near the equator in the Southern Pacific Ocean, Indonesia has a great opportunity to tap into solar and offshore wind energy.

 

  1. Distribution

Since Indonesia is composed of a series of islands which are subject to typhoons, having a more distributed energy mix would be very helpful. Islands can generate their own electricity, microgrids can kick on during storms (something that would also be helpful to places with similar geography like Puerto Rico)

 

  1. Lower Pollution

Air pollution causes a myriad of public health problems which dampen the national economy. By switching to renewable energy this issue can be averted.

 

And these are just some of the reasons why Indonesia should switch to Renewable Energy!

 

How Hurricane Florence will Test Solar Resilience

How Hurricane Florence will Test Solar Resilience

How Hurricane Florence will Test Solar Resilience

09/16/18

“How will Hurricane Florence serve as a test-case for solar resilience?”

 

Hurricane Florence is about to descend into the U.S State of North Carolina, which has the second highest amount of solar energy capacity in the nation. During this time we will be able to see firsthand how solar PV systems will respond to a hurricane and their level of resilience.

 

Photo credit Renewable Energy World

California Bill SB 100 and its Ramifications

California Bill SB 100 and its Ramifications

California Bill SB 100 and its Ramifications

“California is really going 100% carbon neutral!”

 

Remember how we said that California might pass a law to go carbon-free by 2045? Well, it looks like it just did that. California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB 100 on Monday, effectively shifting the weight of the state to achieve a 60% renewable portfolio by 2030 and 100% by 2045! The state will also look at pathways to decarbonize other carbon-intensive sectors such as transportation. Although commendable, much work will be needed to make these goals a reality. Paramount is finding a way to solve the duck curve and reducing the state’s dependence on natural gas (which currently supplies a third of the state’s power). All in all, I am very excited yet cautious at these results and look forward to all of the future work to achieve this. If California can get this right, then other states and countries might follow suit with similar programs.