Think Globally, Solve Locally?

Michael Giberson Among the casualties of yesterday’s rolling blackouts in the ERCOT power system was a Texas A&M University conference dedicated to helping solve global energy challenges. Via the Texas A&M News and Information Service: Texas A&M System Gearing Up To Help Solve Global Energy Challenges COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 3, 2011—The Texas A&M University System … More Think Globally, Solve Locally?

Nerc, Ferc, and Frcc Agree on 2008 Florida Blackout

Michael Giberson From a NERC press release: The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) have reached an agreement regarding the role of the FRCC Reliability Coordinator in the February 26, 2008 power outage that left nearly one million homes and businesses in … More Nerc, Ferc, and Frcc Agree on 2008 Florida Blackout

Blackouts in Brazil: Two Views

Michael Giberson Without additional comment, I present two articles online at Transmission and Distribution World, both addressing Brazil and blackouts: Jan 16, 2008: “Brazil Has No Risk of Energy Blackout, President Says“ Nov 11, 2009: “Power Restored after Blackout in Brazil“

Battery Technology and the Electric Power Grid and Unreliable Power Sources

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

What Model for the Financial System Breakdown? Falling Dominoes? Cascading Outages?

Michael Giberson Simon Johnson reviews and provides a summary of a paper by Daron Acemoglu on the current financial crisis.  Johnson summarizes one of Acemoglu’s points as follows: The seeds of the crisis were sown in the Great Moderation (the low inflation, relatively stable last 20 years or so).  Everyone who patted themselves or others … More What Model for the Financial System Breakdown? Falling Dominoes? Cascading Outages?