Driven by demand and a federal order designed to nurture broader adoption of storage capabilities, practical applications of energy storage are emerging that are competitive with conventional solutions.
Maturing technologies and a growing emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability are leading organizations to manage more DER than in the past. Bolstered by more financial and mechanical flexibility behind the meter, companies are becoming increasingly energy independent and investing more in alternative generation, storage and energy efficiency.
The concept of “new energy” has ushered in a global movement dedicated to cost-effective sustainability, clean energy technology and grid innovation. Today more than ever, we’re seeing stakeholders and industry giants from all sectors come together in combined efforts.
It’s been a headache-inducing nexus of active regulation, distributed energy and environmentalism for some electric utilities. Plunging costs of solar power and growing concerns of climate change are inspiring swelling ranks of the largest private and Fortune 500 companies pursuing not only aggressive renewable energy goals for sustainability purposes but also cost effectiveness and resiliency.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has garnered considerable attention for its initiative to deploy more renewable energy at military facilities worldwide. Green energy goals have pushed facilities to implement distributed energy resources (DER) through integrated microgrids and other solutions to boost system resilience and energy security – all in the name of keeping missions on, even if local grid power is compromised. The benefits are easy enough to understand, but how could personnel perform their missions without an equally critical commodity, water?
A limitless supply of potable water no longer can be taken for granted by commercial and industrial water consumers, which can be unsettling for organizations where water is the lifeblood of their operations.
Private companies in the UK have favored capital investment for the creation of new assets as the best way to achieve their service, environmental and quality targets. Looking to the future, new assets are likely to be the solution of last, rather than first, resort.
On reclaimed land at the southwestern tip of Singapore, the co-location of two major utility infrastructure facilities are set to establish new standards in how we harness water, waste and energy resources.