Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – April 1, 2022

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about the renewable energy technology lifecycle, the grid of the future, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Clean Energy Transition: What To Do With Wind, Solar, Battery Equipment When They Reach End of Life?

Ron Schoff

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As the equipment used for early renewable energy projects reaches end of life, the need to decide what to do with it becomes more pronounced. In this article, Ron Schoff, Director – Renewable Energy and Fleet Enabling Technologies at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) discusses the issues involved and describes EPRI’s research in this area. He notes that EPRI has launched the Circular Economy Interest group, which educates industry professionals on how to increase sustainability across the lifecycle of energy technologies.


Con Edison’s Steam System Will Become NYC’s Hottest New Clean Energy Solution

Anne Marie Corbalis

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New York institutions like Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations rely on steam for heating, cooling, and hot water. The city’s steam system is celebrating its 140th birthday by transforming to a clean energy solution. Here, Anne Marie Corbalis, Media Manager at Con Edison describes the transition and how decarbonizing the steam system is part of Con Edison’s Clean Energy Commitment.


Deep Electrification – How Europe Can Break the Russian Fossil Fuels Addiction

Gerard Reid

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One of the many challenges of Putin’s attack on Ukraine is decreased access to Russian energy. Even if the attack were to stop now, the situation brings this issue to the forefront, pushing industry leaders to develop long-term solutions. In this piece, Gerard Reid, Leader at Alexa Capital lays out a roadmap for deep electrification that includes stopping reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity, embracing flexibility, investing in the grid, focusing on low hanging fruit, changing fiscal incentive structures, and reforming the power markets.


Microgrids, Blockchain and the Future of Decentralized Energy

Derrick Bowen

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In this post, Derrick Bowen, Principal Consultant at Pariveda describes the future of power delivery. He envisions the modern grid as being composed of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will work in conjunction with DERs to regulate energy usage, monitor the state of the larger grid, and optimize usage. As a technology that provides a basis of trust to enable peer-to-peer energy trading, blockchain could serve as another part of the system. Derrick points out that the grid of the future will require some experimentation with all these components.  


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