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The Smart Grid and Natural Disasters

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Greentech MediaThe Smart Grid and Natural DisastersEnergy CollectiveThe globally emerging smart grid, of course, will not eliminate the threat of devastation, but developing aspects of the next-generation infrastructure would mitigate against the...

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If smart grids can be designed to provide ancillary services at distribution level, they could provide a buffer against large-scale blackouts.

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Can Renewables Save India's Failing Grid? : Climate Desk

Can Renewables Save India's Failing Grid? : Climate Desk | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Rishabh Agarwal, a 25-year-old freelance photographer, rushed to meet clients in New Delhi, at the heart of one of the busiest and most crowded metropolitan areas on Earth. His timing couldn’t have been worse: the biggest blackout in history, two consecutive days of grid collapse that left almost half of India’s population without power.

Agarwal‘s first problem: no transport. “Delhi Metro, which is heart and soul of the city, also failed,” Agarwal said by email. So he took his car. Mistake. Traffic lights were out; buses were unable to absorb the sudden surge of commuters. The weather was nice, so Agarwal and other locals assumed this was a normal New Delhi blackout, the sort that happens across the summer. Then he checked the news.
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Grid blackout threat weighs on renewables take up - EurActiv

Grid blackout threat weighs on renewables take up - EurActiv | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The policy chief of Europe’s electricity industry association has told EurActiv that Europe will have to slow down its integration of renewable energies or risk power cuts and systems instability because of the slow pace of cross-border grid improvements.

 

“Either you go very fast in the transition - which is impossible [because] smart grids are expensive and the storage is not there in the needed scope – or you diminish the speed for integrating renewables into the system,” Susanne Nies of Eurelectric told EurActiv in a phone interview.

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Prius powers home during post-Sandy blackout

Prius powers home during post-Sandy blackout | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Many residents who lost power during Hurricane Sandy turned to home power generators to keep the lights on. One man used his Toyota Prius.
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Energy shortfall worse than over investing – consultant

The negative impacts of an energy shortfall are much worse than the risk of potentially over investing in new energy generation capacity, NorConsult Africa director Tore Horvei warned this week.

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