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Distributed Grid Infrastructure

Resilience in Louisiana: Lessons from the Military and Islands

Three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, roughly 2 million people remain without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi. Even critical facilities, including sewage pumps in New Orleans and a hospital in rural South Louisiana, have seen outages. These and other incidents underscore just how dependent our civilization…

Why Aren’t More Grid-Edge Startups Investable?

In today’s era of energy transition buzzwords, “decarbonization” is the belle of the ball. But increasingly, so is “decentralization.” Nowhere is this more apparent than within the electricity sector—power grids around the world are decentralizing rapidly, with massive customer investment in grid-edge distributed energy resources (DERs) such as rooftop solar,…

Puerto Rico: For Real Resilience, Go Renewable

Puerto Ricans are facing new and ongoing threats to health, safety, and the economy, including those that stem from the spread of COVID-19. The deadly global pandemic has brought widespread economic disruption, all while the medical system continues to recover from recent shocks. Many in Puerto Rico lack homes or…

Elevating Utility Business Model Reform at eLab Accelerator 2019

The various forces—societal, financial, environmental, customer-driven—motivating the electricity system’s transition to a more decarbonized and distributed orientation continue to grow, marked by several key milestones in recent months. As a central actor in the energy ecosystem, electric utilities will continue to play a key role in how this inevitable…