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Energy Quote of the Day: Distributed Generation Needed to Strengthen Power Grid

March 5, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Distributed Generation and the Grid

The electric power grid is based on an outdated hub-and-spoke architecture of centralized power production and distribution through transmission wires. This system is highly vulnerable to attacks at multiple points, and failures at critical nodes could create cascading failures and widespread power outages.[read more]

The Future of Electricity: High Level of Investment Needed Across the Board

February 2, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Electricity and Investment Need


The electricity sector and its incumbent electricity companies are undergoing an unprecedented, challenging but nevertheless critical transformation – a transition towards a more climate-resilient, less carbon-intensive power system which ends up “closer to the customer."[read more]

US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

December 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The US must spend $2.1 trillion for 30 years to modernize the grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to the IEA. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals.[read more]

Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

December 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point. He talked about how the procurement processes in city governments were ill-suited to accommodating solutions.[read more]

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

November 26, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This is the 50th anniversary of New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World's Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened.[read more]

Building Infrastructure Resiliency Starts With Creative Problem-Solving

August 6, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

We have significant infrastructure problems in the US. Long neglect of investment in infrastructure has left it crumbling. It is sometimes easy to witness in rusting bridges or potholed road surfaces. But deterioration in electric, water, and natural gas distribution systems go unseen until catastrophe strikes.[read more]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2

April 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Investors have projected another bleak year for the US coal industry – but 2014 may be the worst year for coal producers. In contrast, investors are increasingly warming up to the economic viability of alternative energy sources, including energy efficiency, and giving the dirty coal industry the cold shoulder.[read more]