Tag Archives: Electricity

Integrating Renewables into the Electric Generation Resource Mix

We recently posted the following graph (of California ISO Hourly Breakdown of Total Production by Resource Type for May 1, 2012) on our Facebook page and asked followers to guess what resource the red section represented: Below is the same … Continue reading

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Net Zero: Will Future Buildings Consume Significantly Less Energy or Even None at All?

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor When we hit the economic downturn of the late 2000s, electric usage declined in most developed regions such as Europe, Japan, and the U.S. One of the big debates in today’s electric … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Tornadoes Cause More Widespread Blackouts?

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons By Greg Stark, Enerdynamics Instructor In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that recently ravaged the Midwestern U.S., a question arose that I think warrants an explanation: “When tornadoes take out transmission lines, why aren’t there … Continue reading

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Capacity Factor – A Key Determinant of the Value of a Power Plant

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor One area I find in our classes that we often spend time discussing is the concept of capacity factor.  This is important because it describes how often a given power plant is … Continue reading

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The Future of Electric Utilities, Part I

Image via Wikipedia by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor At Enerdynamics, we often end our classroom sessions with a quote from business guru Peter Drucker:  “The corporation as we know it, which is now 120 years old, is … Continue reading

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How to Understand Electric Market Structures

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor Understanding how electric markets are structured used to be simple. Just figure out who the vertically integrated utility is, then who regulates it and how. But since the days of deregulation (or … Continue reading

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Smart Meters: Helping Customers Understand What’s In It for Them

By Dan Bihn, Enerdynamics Instructor In case you’ve missed the news, not everyone wants a smart meter. According to StopSmartMeters.org (I’m not making this up), no less than 8 counties and 28 cities and towns in California now have a … Continue reading

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