The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) has resulted in a wide range of technologies that are impacting today’s power grid. Distributed solar energy, wind generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, demand-side management (DSM), combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells and microturbines are all influencing today’s power grid, affecting affect every level of utility operations and business processes.
Recognizing the role of natural resources in the world’s economies to support conservation and sustainable management
Tamara Coger of Tetra Tech’s Environment and Natural Resources sector discusses the benefits of investing in sustainable natural resources management to people, societies, and economies around the world. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
Sometimes, money really does grow on trees. And in mangroves, watersheds, oceans, and rainforests.
For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric distribution networks; focusing primarily on generation and transmission infrastructure. As such, the traditional electric distribution system—comprised of a passive network of poles, wires, transformers and capacitors— delivered power to commercial, industrial and residential customers in largely the same manner for decades.
Answering the call for increasing energy self-reliance, a grassroots electricity-sharing model is emerging. “Community microgrids,” comprising community-owned or subscribed solar PV and other renewable energy sources, offer participants and surrounding consumers the security of energy resilience in times of grid failure and protection from energy price increases driven by volatile energy markets. They also give energy producers/consumers (aka “prosumers”) more control over the renewable energy they generate.
We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ – As Americans head to their favorite public park, beach or playground this spring, many will find new recycling bins helping keep those treasured spaces clean thanks in part to a significant grant by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) in partnership with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.
Supporting policy development and pilots that strengthen land rights to improve land and natural resource management
Matt Sommerville, Chief of Party of the USAID TGCC Project, recently attended the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, leading a team of Tetra Tech staff and beneficiaries working on activities in Zambia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Ghana, and Paraguay. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
Cargill CEO David MacLennan discusses why global trade matters to everyone. Open, responsible trade ensures that food gets from where it's grown to where it's needed most. We need to stand up for the benefits of trade that keeps us connected, creates jobs and helps to nourish the world.