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US electrical grid capacity estimates

The US electrical grid has insufficient storage capabilities. Thus, power must always be available from generating plants when needed. In total, the US has enough power to meet most any demand. However, getting power from one grid to another can be problematic. The Texas ERCOT grid was designed to be self-contained and not need outside […]

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Corruption, mismanagement means unstable power for US

Welcome to the increasingly unstable power situation in the US. We’re getting like the Third World, aren’t we? No it’s not Yemen, where power outages in the capital Sana’a have sparked a new round of protests. It’s the United States of America, where corruption converges with a moribund electricity distribution system to produce increasingly frequent […]

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Idaho has too much wind power

Excess wind power in Idaho in putting strains on their grid. So, the state is clamping down on the size on new wind projects. What a waste. This is why we need stored power at grid scale. If those wind farms could store power for future use, then most of Idaho’s grid problems would vanish.

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Our aging electricity transmission grid and renewable energy

The World Resources Institute reports on the growing problem with our electrical grid, which was never meant to handle renewable energy, where generation starts and stops quickly and comes from all directions too. Renewable energy resources are location constrained and often available only in remote areas. Their energy must therefore be transported via connected transmission […]

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Cybercriminals penetrate US electrical grid

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. But the programs weren’t activated and no damage was done. Unnamed sources said the attacks probably came from Russia and China without offering any actual proof. I’m always […]

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Prius powers home during blackout

John Sweeney ran his fridge, freezer, wood stove fan and even his television and lights using his Prius for three days while the power was out in his town. By using an inverter to convert the car’s DC power supply into household AC, Sweeney was able to generate 120 volts. And he only used five […]

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Intruder alert. Hacking the electrical grid

Former CIA director James Woolsey turned “green hawk” cleantech venture capitalist asks a panel at a Google/Brookings conference what is being done to prevent our aging electrical grid from being hacked, with potentially serious damage resulting. He cites two major blackouts he believes were caused by “Chinese paragovernmental hackers.” While some panelists thought he might […]

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Idaho has too much wind power

Excess wind power in Idaho is putting strains on their grid. So, the state is clamping down on the size on new wind projects. This is why we need stored power at grid scale. If those wind farms could store power for future use, then much of Idaho’s grid problems would vanish.

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