Tagged with electricity grids

Thoughts about grid modernisation

Thoughts about grid modernisation

Our energy transition has many implications for our electrical systems, as we are increasingly aware of. Peter O’Connor, a Kendall Science Fellow, writes an important article on the Union of Concerned Scientists website about grid modernisation and the role of electric vehicles.   What Is Grid Modernization—and What’s the Role of Electric Vehicles? Utilities around … Continue reading

Grid? What grid?

Grid? What grid?

Vermont has been one of the leaders in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in promoting sustainable energy. Diane Cardwell writes in the New York Times about a new programme that allows customers to disconnect entirely from the grid. You should enjoy this. What are your views? Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric … Continue reading

Power to the people

Power to the people

Recently I read a book by Michael Pye about how the North Sea made us who we are (okay both my parents were born near the North Sea). The book is a charming account about the interactions amongst the various communities over the centuries and how much it has shaped Europe. Now we have Joshua … Continue reading

What it takes to future-proof our electricity grids

What it takes to future-proof our electricity grids

Planners are puzzling over how to increase the share of renewables in our electricity systems when they are intermittent. Many are now turning to conventional power plants to be on standby. As Valentin Robu, lecturer in smart grids at Heriot-Watt University, states on the Conversation website, this is expensive and contributes to increased carbon emissions. … Continue reading