Oil Saves New England

…Oil Saves New England… During the coldest days this past January, the New England grid was on the brink of disaster, and only pre-planning by ISO-NE, with emergency actions by the Coast Guard and luck kept the lights on. The Continue reading Oil Saves New England

Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2

…Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2… Perhaps a better title would have been, Effects of the LED Revolution. In Part 1 we saw that if LEDs had replaced virtually all incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps in 2017, total consumption Continue reading Growth in Electricity Consumption – Part 2

FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability

…FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability… The recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision disallowing the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) request for RTO/ISOs to require a 90-day on-site fuel supply, dismissed the notion that wind and solar, and other so-called Continue reading FERC Ruling and German Grid Stability

Twisting Facts to Favor Wind and Solar

…Twisting Facts to Favor Wind and Solar… The president and CEO of an organization supporting wind and solar, i.e., American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), has said that proposals by the Department of Energy and PJM are: “A brazen effort Continue reading Twisting Facts to Favor Wind and Solar

Microgrids: All that Glitters is not Gold

…Microgrids: All that Glitters is not Gold… Organizations and people who are promoting a product or idea, frequently overstate and embellish the benefits of what they are promoting. There are many examples of this, from the snake-oil salesman of yesteryear Continue reading Microgrids: All that Glitters is not Gold

Grid Reliability and Resilience

…Grid Reliability and Resilience… Reliability is well defined and understood. Basically, it measures how often, and how long electricity is unavailable for users. (This assumes that the quality of electricity meets established criteria, e.g., Voltage that is within prescribed limits Continue reading Grid Reliability and Resilience