Michael Giberson At EnergyPulse, Ron Rebenitsch discusses the unsettled foundation of the wind power industry: uncertain rights to use the energy present in the wind. Currently the industry seems to work on a “capture what you can” model, but the approach has its problems and the problems are likely to become more pronounced as the … More Is “First in Time, First in Right” the best way to allocate rights to wind energy?
Michael Giberson ERCOT tries to keep the electric power grid in Texas operating at 60 Hertz (i.e., 60 cycles per second, Hertz is abbreviated “Hz”), like the rest of North America, and a few other places in the world. If electrical load grows faster than power supply, the system frequency will fall below 60 Hz; … More Are wind power producers the low cost suppliers of frequency control service in ERCOT?
Lynne Kiesling I’ve been listening to lots of music lately, and the stuff that keeps floating to the top of my rotation is the James album “Hey Ma” from fall 2008 and the newly-released Franz Ferdinand “Tonight”. I have missed James, and am glad they are back! The new Franz Ferdinand is such an incredible … More Music and online radio
Michael Giberson Via Reuters: Researchers at New York University’s interactive telecommunications program have come up with a device that allows plants to tell owners when they need water or if they’ve had too much via the social network blogging service Twitter. If only I had had such a device last August, maybe I wouldn’t have … More Smart flora
Lynne Kiesling Bob Cringely’s take on Google’s Power Meter: it’s a strategic move toward them becoming an ISP: Google’s PowerMeter is a Trojan horse – a way to become a de facto Internet Service Provider for potentially millions of homes. Several years ago Google made a $100 million investment in a suburban Washington, DC company … More Cringely on Google’s Power Meter
Michael Giberson The Christian Science Monitor recently ran a story on battery technology and the electric power grid. I’m not sure that there is much new there for anyone who is already paying attention to energy storage issues in bulk power, but the story provides a decent overview. AN ASIDE: I’m am always mildly amused … More Battery technology and the electric power grid and unreliable power sources
Lynne Kiesling When I was reading around for my post on smart grid and renewables interconnection, I found several different parties willing to elide the two, to gloss over the important, subtle distinction between building new wires and incorporating digital intelligence and communication capabilities into a wires network. They are potentiall related, but different, and … More Building new transmission ≠ smart grid