The feasibility of 100% renewable power is being demonstrated increasingly and a growing number of initiatives – almost 150 have been documented - are appearing with this goal. Important though they are, these are mostly at relatively small scale, that is, on islands, in towns and cities or in individual organizations plus these are independently organized. What is lacking is a 100% renewable policy agenda at high level. [Put 100% Renewables On The Agenda] Coincidentally with our commentary Greenpeace released a study aimed to demonstrate that it is possible to transition to a 100% renewable and decarbonized energy system by 2050, at a cost of about $1.23 billion – and with the political will to do so. [100% Renewable Energy – A Roadmap For 2050]
In a guest contribution Engerati member Nick Hunn traces the evolution of the ‘smart home’ since the 1950s through to the present. Investigating the current state of the industry through a quick game of Smart Home Snakes and Ladders, he finds that a few fundamentals, including interoperability and device management, need addressing if the smart home is going to make the leap from concept to commodity. [The Snakes and Ladders of Smart Home]
A key smart grid use case is outage management, with lengthy outages likely to raise the ire of customers and impacting on their satisfaction with their utility. In an ongoing study to benchmark the use of smart grid sensors for outage prevention at DTE Energy, the majority of events monitored were found to be line disturbances but the similarities in pattern with outages indicates the importance of addressing these before they turn into outages. DTE Energy also demonstrated the use of sensors in power restoration following a fire at a substation. [DTE Energy Improves Power Outage Management With Smart Grid Sensors]
In an exclusive interview, Paul Giesbertz, Vice President Regulatory Affairs at Statkraft Markets, discusses the need for further improvement in cross-border participation in Europe’s energy markets. The allocation of cross-border capacity across time frames is suboptimal and in particular, the intraday time frame is neglected. Cross-border participation, which will also be important wherever capacity markets are implemented, is crucial to increase efficiency and keep costs for consumers low. [Cross-Border Participation in Energy Markets Needs Improvement]
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