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    Jun 24, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    For many decades, hobbyists built scale model aircraft for reasons of recreation and personal interest. However, advancing technology has created new applications for scale model aircraft, also known as drones. Electric power companies have introduced camera-equipped drones to service, to fly along transmission lines and record information that pertains to the condition of transmission towers and power lines.
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    Jun 23, 2014 | Mark Cerasuolo
    The economic and environmental benefits of solar and other clean energy sources are well documented and represent added value for the developed world, where sustainability is considered a lifestyle goal. But in the developing world, sustainability is more often a means to improve quality of life, especially for those living and working in remote areas where grid-delivered electricity is limited, if not completely inaccessible, and conditions of electrical poverty impede social and economic progress.
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    Jun 19, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The largest part of residential energy consumption (generally considered around 40%) maintains interior comfort regardless of the weather. Energy used to create this comfort is a function of how well inside is separated from outside. The separation zone, or "thermal shell", is the insulating layer around conditioned interior space.
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    Jun 16, 2014 | Dr. Marc Lamoureux
    Internal controls are becoming a crucial part of business processes to achieve NERC reliability standard compliance objectives. An internal control program may consist of processes, practices, policies, procedures and activities that an organization employs to comply with reliability standards that address risks associated with the reliable operation of its business.
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    Jun 13, 2014 | Matti Rautkivi
    In April 2014 the U.S renewables industry made international headlines when the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) monthly figures revealed that the country's solar capacity had increased an unprecedented 418% from 2010 to 2014. Marking the watershed moment, commentators at the EIA stated that 'U.S. solar capacity has moved quickly from a relatively small contributor to the nation's total electric capacity into a one of comparative significance'.
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    Jun 11, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In April, I published the first of a series of articles in which comparing the various communications options for demand response (DR) programs. In this first installment of the series, I shared my perspective on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Though AMI is an important element of the infrastructure of a smarter grid, many utilities find that it isn't the ideal network protocol to run responsive, flexible, and richly functional DR programs.
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    Jun 10, 2014 | Charles Botsford
    Residential charging in single family homes is the most prevalent, convenient, and generally lowest cost charging method for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs). It is PEV charging at its most basic form and at its highest level of importance. All other forms of PEV charging, such as charging at workplaces, multi-dwelling units, and public venues should be judged against residential charging relative to need, cost and convenience for widespread PEV adoption to take hold.
  • Jun 05, 2014 | Randy Burns
    Last fall I wrote an article regarding liquefied natural gas (LNG) and its impact on the U.S. energy picture. Although no new significant developments have transpired since the article was written, LNG continues to dominate news headlines because its potential to impact natural gas prices is profound.
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    Jun 04, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a highly controversial subject. Those in favor of it would argue that its gains, namely cleaner and cheaper energy (as opposed to coal), certainly outweigh the risks. Those opposed would argue that more investments in fossil fuel sources only hurt our environment more and push back advancements in renewable energy technology. While that debate will likely continue, the hope for some middle ground lies with "green fracking."
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    Jun 03, 2014 | Howard Ng
    In a recent article, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a ZigBee-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for demand response (DR). In the second installment of this series, I will be exploring an alternative communication option for DR that offers more benefits and fewer disadvantages: a ZigBee broadband gateway.