Category: Renewable energy

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries
Smart grid conference began with the tour of S and C electric.  I wanted to catch the sponsored bus tour to S and C electric as a first stop. This is a home grown business in operation for 125 years. S & C has a great model of a microgrid on display complete with light... Read more »

AWEA Showcases Wind Energy in the Windy City

AWEA Showcases Wind Energy in the Windy City
 WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind and renewable energy conference, kicked off in Chicago (May 7 -9) with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership including Steve Lockard, AWEA’s newly elected Board Chair and President and CEO of TPI Composites, providing their vision and direction for American wind power to the more than 7,500 attendees. The... Read more »

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act
I never considered my self an angry black woman but I may have to don a baseball cap with ABW!!! emblazoned on it. I’ve marched. I’ve protested starting way back with the Viet Nam war and Earth Day. On the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. M.L. King, Jr. I quietly hoped somethings had... Read more »
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Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?
I never thought that would be a question that I would have. Threatened? OK, the grammar school bully might have been pretty scary and maybe you had a run in with some ruffian who wanted to snatch your cell phone. That’s being a kid and later that’s living in the city but this is different. ... Read more »

David and Goliath in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed

David  and Goliath  in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed
Full disclosure- The author of this blog is a founding member of the not for profit discussed herein. There is a teeny-tiny grassroots not for profit in Chicago specifically dedicated to economic and sustainable education and development in the Bronzeville community. This is the “David” of the story. On the opposing team is “Goliath” or... Read more »

What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?

What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?
A microgrid is a discrete energy system consisting of distributed energy sources (including demand management, storage, and generation) and loads capable of operating in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. If the definition  didn’t clarify this for you, join millions in the same boat.  So let’s break it down. Discrete energy system – not... Read more »
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