In the past year, the grid has seen some remarkable highs, while also being tested to meet the basic needs of society.
On one hand, big advances have flourished, fundamentally changing the way we power our lives. Roof-mounted solar panels have gone from a costly oddity to a competitive selling point for many homes and battery-powered vehicles have gained traction.
On the other hand, the idea of progress has been challenged by a slew of weather woes that have shaken consumer confidence in our energy infrastructure. A series of intense storms, heat waves and drought made 2012 one of the toughest years globally for the grid in many years.
So what will 2013 bring? The growth of the smart grid.
A new stage is opening - where the public was once ambivalent about the smart grid, consumers are now starting to demand these improvements, spurred by the need to improve reliability, participation and the resiliency to recover from large-scale grid events.
Going into the new year, pressure to rebuild the northeast's grid with more resilience will further boost trends that point towards investment in these smart technologies to continue to expand by over 10% over the next five years. And while efforts to date have focused on improving the grid's heavy-duty backbone, a look ahead suggests that coming smart grid efforts will reach more directly into everyday life.
El “I Congreso Smart Grids” destaca las oportunidades de las Redes Eléctricas para ahorrar energía, generar trabajo y ofrecer nuevos servicios de valor añadido para los usuarios.
El Congreso ha estado organizado por FUTURED, AFME y Grupo Tecma Red. El evento contó además con el apoyo institucional y la colaboración de MATELEC (fema), IDAE y MINECO.
Unas redes eléctricas cada vez más inteligentes integrarán de forma óptima la generación, el consumo y los futuros clientes que a la vez se puedan comportar como consumidores y generadores, aportando mejoras en la capacidad, fiabilidad y sostenibilidad del sistema y constituyendo así un eje estratégico para permitir conseguir los objetivos de ahorro y eficiencia energética marcados por la Unión Europea y sus Estados miembros.
Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was appointed Secretary of Energy by Enrique Peña Nieto.
Born in 1950, Coldwell has a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, until his appointment as head of the Department of Energy (Sener), was president of the PRI's National Executive Committee and has been local and federal deputy, senator and governor of Quintana Roo .
The new Secretary of Energy was also Secretary of Tourism under President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and later, general coordinator of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees of the Ministry of Interior.He was also head of the government delegation to the peace talks in Chiapas and Mexico's Ambassador to Cuba.
"Leading SENER, you have a man who has not politically discussed anything, has behaved like a connoisseur- a firm believer of the rule of law", said David Penchyna, president of the Senate Energy Committee. "Distinguished by his bargaining, dialogue, openness ... It is an appointment that will help honest discussion with Mexican society, with the potential for public policies that build the country. "
We now require an honest rule with concrete proposals by Coldwell, whose existing resources must translate into tangible gains for Mexicans.
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