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Opportunities and Challenges for Distributed Energy Resources

For over a decade, consumers have had the ability to bypass utilities and generate their own power through rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). So it’s not a surprise that utilities see the integration of DERs as both a challenge and an opportunity.

Canada's Efforts to Reduce Transportation Emissions

In 2014, the Canadian government estimated that transportation accounted for 23 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the industrial sector (including oil and gas) at 37 percent. So, it’s no surprise that lowering transportation-related emissions is considered an important strategy for greenhouse gas and carbon reduction throughout the country. Proposed solutions include electric and hydrogen-cell vehicles, heavy transport vehicles fueled by natural gas, mass-transit expansion, car sharing and, eventually, self-driving cars.

Outlook for Utility Regulation: Hopes and Predictions from Survey Respondents

Innovation is occurring so quickly for electrical utilities that policymakers can’t keep up. Consequently, outmoded regulations were an overwhelming concern for the more than 600 U.S. and Canadian utility company executives who participated in Utility Dive’s 2017 State of the Electric Utility Survey.

Food for Thought: Making the Case for an iDSM Sandwich

A few years ago on a weekend scouting adventure, we had a morning cook-off. Knowing the audience was chiefly tween boys, my son and I conducted rigorous scientific analysis and determined that donuts, eggs, bacon, and cheese could be a strong combination; these ingredients are great on their own, but they’re wickedly delicious together. As we were driving out on Friday night, we stopped to pick up a couple dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, eggs to match, a few pounds of cheese, and lots of bacon. When the time came to prepare our grand breakfast, we sliced the donuts in half, grilled them up, and inserted a proper over-easy egg, some crispy bacon, and a slice of cheese. Wow, it was delicious – and a winner!  

The Heat Pump Revolution

Current innovations in heat pumps mean they are becoming more efficient, available and economical. The premise: They work like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle and merely reverse the mechanism in the heating cycle, cooling the outside and venting heat to the inside. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat through air and because they move heat around rather than creating heat, they can be a very efficient method of space conditioning—especially in moderate climates.

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