Nearly five million homes and businesses lost power in Texas on Feb. 15, and millions remained without power throughout the week.
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The weather-related impacts of climate change will increasingly threaten critical infrastructure in the future. Shifting electricity grids towards microgrids could help.
Fast electric vehicle charging stations at a rest stop on Interstate 95 in Maryland.
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Joe Biden has sweeping plans for a clean energy revolution. Congress will be a big speed bump, but it can't block everything.
In the near future, we may see electric cars supplying power to smart grids or communities with their own independent microgrids.
How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
Old school: Much of the power plant and transmission network we rely on has been around for decades.
Trump has pledged to invest big in infrastructure. An analysis shows the electric grid will need hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade just to keep things as they are.
Britain's future could be bright – but first the grid needs a major upgrade.
Supreme Court ruling allows consumers and businesses to make money by reducing power and other grid services.
An obscure Supreme Court ruling paves the way for people and businesses to earn money with distributed energy technologies.
The Supreme Court will decide a case that will have a big effect on distributed energy technology, including batteries.
The Supreme Court hears a case that will decide whether homes and businesses can earn money from distributed energy technologies, including demand response and home battery systems.
Bright colours, dumb ideas.
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A word of advice: don't try and build your own cryptography. It's hard and others have done it better.
Fancy a home battery with your battery-powered car?
As it's done with its electric cars, Tesla will need to rely on well-heeled early technology adopters and friendly regulations to sell lots of home batteries.
With rooftop solar installations soaring, utilities are nervous – for a few reasons.
Electric utilities want to quash distributed solar because they don't want the competition, right? Perhaps, but if you rely at all on the grid, you have a stake in this fight, too.
A cleaner, more efficient Australia will blend smart grids and meters with renewable power’s growing capacity. Pictured: Spain’s Gemasolar concentrated solar thermal power plant.
In part 13 of our multi-disciplinary Millennium Project series, Mark Diesendorf argues that it is high time we got smart about power: how we generate it and how we deliver it. Global challenge 13: How…