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Energy Infrastructure


This page is dedicated to information about the energy distribution infrastructure in place in the U.S. today. It includes electrical power generation and distribution, including utilities. This also includes coal, oil, and gas production and distribution. As it becomes available we will add information about distribution of alternative and renewable energy as it is applied on a large scale.

Electric:

You’ve heard in the news about the need to update the electrical grid. Green Power Superhighways, Building a Path to America’s Clean Energy Future from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) does a great job of explaining how it would help accelerate the implementation of renewable energies. "The United States is home to vast quantities of clean energy resources – wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. Yet it lacks a modern interstate transmission grid to deliver carbon-free electricity to customers in highly populated areas of the country. President Obama has called on the country to double the amount of renewable energy produced in three years and to reach 25 percent of U.S. electricity from renewable sources by 2025. This will not be easy. It will take a cohesive effort from local, state, and federal officials to meet this challenge, and it cannot be accomplished without significant new investment in our transmission infrastructure. The time to act is now."

Bloomberg published a disturbing article on 7 August 2009 – Wind Promises Blackouts as Obama Strains Grid With Renewables. There is an interesting perspective on China’s priorities to modernize their electrical infrastructure.

NPR.org, April 24, 2009 · It makes our modern lives possible, but we hardly give it a thought. It’s the key to plans for cleaner, greener sources of power, but it is fed by the oldest and dirtiest fuels. The electricity grid is a marvel of reliability, but, in many ways, it’s a throwback to century-old technology. And for a future with more computers and gizmos of every kind — and more power from renewable sources — the grid is going to need some major work. Read the series of articles Re-Envisioning Electricity in the U.S. from NPR.

 

 

Smart Grid News is sponsored by the Department of Energy, the GridWise Alliance, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other Smart Grid leaders. This site has news, commentary, blogs and more about the Smart Grid.

 

Learn more about the Smart Grid from GE at their Ecomagination site.

 

Gridpoint  GridPoint’s mission is to make the Smart Grid a reality by aligning the interests of electric utilities, consumers and the environment. GridPoint’s innovative smart grid platform empowers utilities to optimize electrical grid management, achieve business objectives, increase grid reliability, promote environmental stewardship and fuel the adoption of renewable energy sources.

Some industry insight on the progress of the Smart Meter rollout. Smart Meter Fact and Fiction from M2M Magazine.

Demand Response:

DRCC   California needs a real-time demand-side infrastructure to respond to supply-side problems. This Demand Response (DR) infrastructure must be compatible with requirements of California’s independent system operator and electric utility companies while serving the loads and needs of California’s electricity customers. The PIER Demand Response Research Center will plan and conduct multi-disciplinary research to advance DR in California.

Edison Electric Institute – Demand Response – enabling load to be price-responsive – is essential to assure the efficient interaction of supply and demand.  It can relieve generation and transmission constraints, reduce the severity of wholesale price spikes, and lead to lower overall energy prices for all consumers.


Coal:

U.S. coal supply and demand from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

Oil and Gas:

Distribution tables of oil and gas wells by production rate for all wells, including marginal wells, are now available for many states for the years 1992 to 2006 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

 

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