Tag Archives: Energy

Ross Brindle

Late last year, I had the privilege of working with the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) and its member companies on something truly inspiring: Cooking For Life. Cooking For Life is a global campaign to reduce death and illness caused by traditional, harmful cooking fuels used by millions of people

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Jared Kosters

Biological organisms have phenomenal ways to generate or regulate the conditions necessary for survival. In my previous post, I talked about how materials science can leverage designs found in nature to solve some of our most complex problems. Today, I’m looking at the sustainability found in natural configurations. When it

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Beth Slaninka

Earlier this year when a colleague asked me to calculate my carbon footprint, I felt pretty confident—I don’t own a car; I take public transportation to work; I recycle. I scored pretty well, but it got me thinking. Almost no activity is carbon neutral—not even running. Running seems like an

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Brad Sinkaus

Does your afternoon routine include ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle and grabbing a coffee at Starbucks afterward? Well, due to climate change, there may be less of both in your life.  A drought in Brazil is currently threatening the world’s coffee exports, and Chipotle may suspend guacamole sales due

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Jack Eisenhauer

If you’re talking about renewable energy long enough, someone will inevitably bring up the “duck chart”—prepared by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to illustrate the challenge of integrating increasing amounts of variable renewable resources into the power grid. Our ability to meet this challenge will affect grid reliability and

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Jack Eisenhauer

On January 9, President Obama announced the launch of the federal government’s first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) process, fulfilling a commitment contained in his 2013 Climate Action Plan. While we face many important energy challenges, Mr. Obama chose to focus the initial QER on our national infrastructure for transporting, transmitting,

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Jared Kosters

Electric utilities are taking a big step toward a clean energy future by making the smart grid a reality. Think of the smart grid as the internet of our electricity infrastructure—enabling us to monitor the electricity grid in wholly new ways in order to make intelligent, real-time decisions about how

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Jack Eisenhauer
10 Trends that Are Changing the Power Grid
Jack EisenhauerDecember 18, 2013

The electric grid has been changing over the past three decades to accommodate renewable power sources, distributed energy resources, and demand response. But expect the pace of change to accelerate due to a confluence of technical, policy, business, and societal factors. Here are ten trends that could have big implications

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Jared Kosters

I have written about President Obama’s Climate Action Plan before. But I’m writing about it one more time to emphasize the importance of meeting the Obama administration’s goal of significantly reduced emissions by 2020 while sustaining the growing energy demand of our country. One way to meet this goal is

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Jack Eisenhauer

Each day we have a $1 billion opportunity to bake resilience into our infrastructure—but are we missing it? When people talk about infrastructure resilience, they often confine their discussion to disaster response and recovery. This view of resilience is too common and too narrow. Better processes, practices, and procedures will

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