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Will the World's Emerging Economies Shape the Future of the Electric Grid?

Date: October 10, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Emerging economies are in an interesting position; they desire electric power, yet they cannot provide it via a centralized grid as developed countries do. However, these emerging countries potentially will shape the future electric grid as they seek alternatives. In this article, Steven Collier, IEEE Smart Grid expert shares his thoughts on the role emerging economies will play in the development of the future grid. Read more

Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 2

Date: August 21, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

With the current energy trends, change is inevitable. In this article Steve Collier continues his discussion on consumer energy independence. Collier looks to Moore’s Law, Wright’s Law, Kurzweil’s Law, and Metcalfe’s Law to predict the future of the grid and utilities. Read more

DC Power Microgrids: Self-Sufficiency for Utility Customers

Date: June 6, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

As customer dissatisfaction with the power grid continues to increase, customers are seeking for alternate ways to acquire energy. In this article Steven Collier discusses DC power microgrids as one of those alternatives. DC power microgrids increase self-sufficiency, which is particularly important during natural or man-made disasters that disrupt the power grid. Read more

Irreversible Trends Spur Consumer Energy Independence: Part 1

Date: August 5, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Energy consumption is on the cusp of many changes. As outages from extreme weather events, the demand for “clean energy”, and electricity costs continue to increase, consumers are incentivized to find alternative, more independent sources for their electricity needs. In this blog post Steve Collier, Smart Grid expert discusses these drivers of consumer energy independence. Read more

Was Edison Right After All? Reconsidering DC Power

Date: May 3, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Adoption of the right technologies is important to preserving our country's leadership position. IEEE Smart Grid technical expert, Steven Collier begins a discussion in this month's Energy Collective Blog: Was Edison Right Afterall? Reconsidering DC Power.

After a review on why AC power became the default, Steven proposes that the adoption of DC power is the best move forward for the U.S. Grid citing the the benefits and shortcomings of the two currents have flipped. Steven suggests that nanogrids or microgrids are an alternative to a full retrofit to our system while other developing countries will most likely go directly to DC power. Our decision leads to a host of economic and political risks. Read more