Storm Intensity enhances focus on Grid Resilience

Posted by Ed Burke on Dec 18, 2018 11:10:00 AM

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Grid Resilience is top of mind for utility companies, the DOE, and the general public these days, as we see increasingly destructive storms hit the United States. Over the past two years we had five major impact hurricanes (Irma, Harvey, Maria, Florence & Michael) and the consensus is that these will continue, or worsen, over the coming years due to Climate Change. 

The goal of resiliency is to have the power grid for an area diversified and upgraded such that it can handle extreme demands. The DOE outlines the major concepts that underlie resilience planning as: Robustness, Resourcefulness, Rapid Recovery & Adaptability. These separate but connected aims allow the grid to both better absorb shocks and more rapidly adjust different factors to respond to risks & outages. 

We got a decent look back on how upgrades and risk management planning played out in some of the storms in the past two years. I wrote an article for Oil & Energy magazine detailing each storms responses & issues, as well as more information on resiliency goals in general. You can read that article here: Hurricane Resilience 

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Topics: emergency response, hurricane harvey, Clean Energy

Massachusetts Pushes Clean Energy forward in 2018

Posted by Ed Burke on Oct 17, 2018 10:59:00 AM

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2018 has been a busy and effective year for Massachusetts' quest to advance Clean Energy within the State. Here are some highlights:

  • Massachusetts surpassed 2,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity throughout the state (78,646 projects), almost half of which was installed in just the past two years. 
  • Residential energy storage increases accounted for 72% of all megawatt hours in the 2nd quarter. 
  • Community Solar projects have been gaining traction - these programs let people subscribe to solar farms and receive credits based on their share of the solar energy generated. 
  • The SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) incentive program is now active, and is expected to generate 1,600 megawatt hours of new solar.
  • The Clean Energy Bill was signed into law by Governor Baker in August. The bill is a compromise measure that raises the renewable portfolio standard, imposes a minimum percentage of clean energy required for peak demand usage, and increases energy storage goals and requirements. 
  • SJC ruled in September that the state can enforce the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions related in a 2008 law. 

I wrote an article for Oil & Energy Magazine that gets further into detail on the SJC ruling, Clean Energy Bill, the advancements in energy storage, and changes in Solar Energy regulations. If you would like to get a more thorough picture of where Massachusetts is at the end of 2018 and what the next few years are looking like, you can read that article here:

Massachusetts Accelerates Clean Energy Agenda

 

 

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Topics: Massachusetts, Clean Energy

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