New Hampshire's Energy Future en The Micro-Grid: The Grid Gold Standard? <p></p><p></p><p>For the most dedicated environmentalists, small scale renewables, right in our back-yard are the gold standard of energy generation. In the final installment of this weeklong look at New Hampshire’s energy future, we consider what a more distributed grid might look like.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:55:53 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 21205 at The Micro-Grid: The Grid Gold Standard? Flattening The Curve: Moving To A Two-Way Grid <p></p><p>The energy grid is vastly more complicated than it was ten years ago. The old model was to plug in and pay for what you use, but now the grid is starting to ask for something back from consumers. This change is aimed at flatten the demand curve.</p><p>Think about how you use electricity: you wake up, turn on some lights, and maybe have a hot shower. After work you come home, cook some dinner, and watch TV. In the winter, maybe you heat with some kind of electric heat, or – even more likely – maybe in the summer you switch on AC.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:19:56 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 21057 at Flattening The Curve: Moving To A Two-Way Grid Canadian Hydro And The New England Grid <p></p><p></p><p>Along the corridor of towns that would host the controversial Northern Pass Transmission line, it’s hard to find much support for the project.</p><p></p><p>But with power plants retiring and the slow growth of many renewables, all of those rivers in Canada look mighty promising to grid operators. As part of our weeklong series on NH’s energy future we ask does big Canadian hydro have a place in New England’s energy mix?</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 21020 at Canadian Hydro And The New England Grid Decarbonizing The Grid: Where Are We? <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s energy grid relies heavily on fossil fuels like oil and coal, and getting the grid off of those fuels will be a major hurdle in addressing the challenge of global warming.</p><p></p><p>But here in New Hampshire, it’s proving a steep challenge to get carbon out of the electric supply, without breaking the bank for customers or utilities. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t trying. As part of a weeklong look at New Hampshire’s Energy Future, we ask what’s being done about CO2?</p><p></p><p><strong>Efficiency First</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 20925 at Decarbonizing The Grid: Where Are We? A Decade Of Deregulation <p></p><p></p><p><em>New Hampshire is about to start re-thinking its 10 year energy plan. But to understand the future of energy, it’s important to understand the energy past, and how we got to our current energy mix.</em></p><p><em>In the first of a week-long series looking at where we are and will be getting our electricity, here is this look at today's grid.</em></p><p></p><p>You flick a switch, and the lights come on, the microwave starts, the computer boots up.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 20817 at A Decade Of Deregulation