Carbon Dioxide Is Not the Worst Greenhouse Gas, Meet SF6

If we’re going to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we’re going to have to break our dependency on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources like fossil fuels. But could a switch to more renewable sources like wind and solar power actually emit more of the most potent greenhouse gas there is? The gas […]

The Future of Electricity—Transforming the Grid Edge

JOE HERGER: There are three major trends with the potential to dramatically impact the electric sector as we know it today. They are electrification, primarily the electrification of transportation, but also of other parts of the economy like heating, which largely run on other fuel sources today; decentralization, where instead of getting our power from […]

California’s aging, unstable and fragile electricity grid, explained

Every minute of every day in California, people flip a switch and in an instant, a light comes on. Power on-call and at our fingertips anytime, day or night, is so expected, so taken for granted that most of us don’t even give it a thought. But where does that power come from? For most […]

How Does Net Metering Work?

How does net metering work? If you’re thinking about going solar you might be wondering how you’re supposed to keep your home powered when the sun isn’t shining. Thanks to a policy called net metering, you don’t have to worry about your home going dark. When the sun is shining during the day, your solar […]

What is Pumped-Storage Hydropower

WATER. IT’S THE MOST IMPORANT SUBSTANCE ON EARTH. WITHOUT IT WE WOULDN’T SURVIVE. IT’S ALSO HELPED POWER OUR LIVES FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY. MORE THAN 6 PERCENT OF OUR NATION’S ELECTRICTY COMES FROM HYDROPOWER. AND AS WIND AND SOLAR POWER CONTINUE TO GROW, WATER CAN ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN BRINGING MORE RENEWABLE […]

Hydro-Québec: understanding power outages

losing power is never fun but rest assured that when outages occur hydro-quebec crews do their utmost to restore service as quickly as possible but what causes outages in summer and winter alike hydro-quebec Selectric power distribution system is put to the test although our equipment is robust and can withstand most adverse weather conditions […]

The Solar Energy Innovation Network

The entire paradigm around electricity delivery is changing very, very quickly. Utilities are grappling with how to incorporate and integrate a variety of new technologies and by equipping stakeholders with the information they need to make those decisions in real time is extremely important. The Solar Energy Innovation Network is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiative, supported […]

What is the Duck Curve?

Today we are going to talk about the grid and a duck. An odd combination, but they actually do go together. This graph shows the hourly electric load on a spring day in California It’s the lowest at night when people are asleep. It starts rising as people wake up and peaks around noon, then […]