Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Contract of Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant

Solar photovoltaic power plants are increasingly being installed due to reduction of cost of photovoltaic technology, guaranteed off-taking of power produced, feed-in-tariffs plus production tax benefits. Feed-in-Tariffs are giving way to renewable energy auctions.  It is estimated that the demand for O&M services will significantly rise in near future. The O&M practices comprise of preventiveContinue reading “Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Contract of Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant”

Best Practices to Increase Cyber Resilience of Smart Electricity Grid with Focus on Advance Metering and Distribution Infrastructure

The cyber-attacks are likely to increase in the electricity grid in the next ten years in the world due to:  (1) the internet-connected systems are increasing targets (2) security is not the first concern in the design of internet applications (3) major cyber-attacks have already happened, i.e. Stuxnet worm, Havex, and BlackEnergy 3 and (4)Continue reading “Best Practices to Increase Cyber Resilience of Smart Electricity Grid with Focus on Advance Metering and Distribution Infrastructure”

New Rate Design Innovations to Aid Utilities toward Building Sustainable Micro grids

By Dr. Babu Ram To read the full paper, click here Abstract—The objective of this paper is to present new rate design innovations toward improving or replacing the net energy metering and billing associated with the rooftop solar PV systems. New rate design innovations are helpful in enhancing the sustainability of renewable energy based microContinue reading “New Rate Design Innovations to Aid Utilities toward Building Sustainable Micro grids”

Prospects of Investing in the Long-Term Debt Securities for Funding Renewable Energy Projects in Emerging Economies

Prospects of Investing in the Long-Term Debt Securities for Funding Renewable Energy Projects in Emerging Economies By Dr. Babu Ram The emerging economies are adopting new and innovative approaches to expand their renewable energy portfolio with the assistance of private sector participation in their projects. The innovations happen in both demand and supply side. TheContinue reading “Prospects of Investing in the Long-Term Debt Securities for Funding Renewable Energy Projects in Emerging Economies”

Best Practices to Enhance Cyber Resilience of Smart Electricity Grid with Focus on Advance Metering and Distribution Infrastructure

The full paper is available on : Proceedings of the 23rd World Energy Congress 2016, Istanbul, Volume 1,  PP 985-1008 By Dr. Babu Ram (Unfolding Energy Board Member) The cyber-attacks are likely to increase in the electricity grid in the next ten years in the world due to:  (1) the internet-connected systems are increasing targets (2)Continue reading “Best Practices to Enhance Cyber Resilience of Smart Electricity Grid with Focus on Advance Metering and Distribution Infrastructure”

Optimizing Climate Resilience Through Solar Plus Storage

A version of this article appeared on Triple Pundit on September 9, 2016. By Pari Kasotia Addressing climate change requires a two-pronged approach. One approach is implementing preventative policies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, intended to reduce carbon emissions. Other examples of preventative policies include carbon tax or aContinue reading “Optimizing Climate Resilience Through Solar Plus Storage”

Climate Action Lessons the Developing World Can Borrow from the U.S.

A version of this article appeared on Triple Pundit on May 11, 2016. By Pari Kasotia On April 22, some 171 countries commemorated Earth Day by signing the Paris Agreement. At the opening ceremony of the United Nations climate talks in Paris, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “We are in a race against time. I urgeContinue reading “Climate Action Lessons the Developing World Can Borrow from the U.S.”

Is the Promise of Natural Gas Waning?

By Paritosh Kasotia The final Clean Power Plan released on August underplays the role of natural gas in reducing carbon emissions in comparison to the draft Clean Power Plan rules released in 2014. According to the America’s Natural Gas Alliance President Martin Durbin, initial indications from the final Clean Power Plan rues indicate that theContinue reading “Is the Promise of Natural Gas Waning?”

Utilities Once Again Add to Iowa’s Confusing Solar Market

By Paritosh Kasotia As the price of solar plummets, many consumers are going solar. This has led some utilities to seriously assess what it means for their business and how do they continue to maintain the power grid with fewer electricity sales. Recently, Pella Electric Cooperative introduced a surcharge of $85 per month for thoseContinue reading “Utilities Once Again Add to Iowa’s Confusing Solar Market”