If you’re like me, when you hear the term “Polar Vortex”, you think of a mash-up between the Abominable Snowman (think of the Yeti-like character from the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” television cartoon) and a trigonometry equation. While somewhat less amusing to consider, an actual polar vortex is both simpler and more complicated than our typical winter weather. There were numerous references to the polar vortex during the winter of 2014, which many will recall as being particularly frigid…Read More
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As we all are experiencing this summer, the daily high temperatures seem to creep higher and higher. In the northeast, that often includes oppressive humidity. We spoke last month of the efforts our utilities are taking, working in concert with the keepers of the power grid, to institute “Peak Day Capacity”. We have heard the requests: set your air conditioning to higher temperatures. Run your appliances overnight. What about other efforts to keep us well-lit and cool rather than in a brown-out - or, even worse - a black-out?Read More
OK… Let’s get a perspective on power generation for today and tomorrow. There is no argument that renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are getting ample media exposure. The headlines in Vermont claim that the state can be self-sufficient using solar and wind. Massachusetts and Rhode Island made a significant award last week to Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop the largest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard. We see solar panels on homes sprouting up throughout the region. One would think that fossil fuels will soon take the same path as the Dodo bird with extinction. Well, in using an old saying from Paul Harvey, ‘here is the rest of the story’ as described by Dr. Linda Capuano from the Energy Information Administration.Read More
I had the pleasure to attend a presentation held by The New England Business Council that featured Gordon Van Welie, President and CEO of the ISO New England. ISO-NE is the organization that ensures that we always have electricity in New England. The keynote addressed how the energy landscape is shifting from stored fuels, such as coal, oil and nuclear, to ‘just-in-time’ fuels like natural gas and resources that are weather-dependent such as wind and solar.Read More