David Wagman, IEEE Spectrum

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Past articles by David:

As the Grid Decentralizes, Rural Electric Co-ops Seek More Local Control

Rooftop solar and battery energy storage are helping rural electric cooperatives declare independence from centralized power stations → Read More

To Manage the Grid, a Vermont Utility Hooks Up to a Hospital's Icebox

As distributed energy resources gain traction, virtual power plants could add value for consumers and utilities alike → Read More

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

By integrating bacteria into paper batteries, researchers create a cheap, sustainable way to power billions of sensors and devices → Read More

Solar and Energy Storage Combine for One Power Energy Solution

Solar energy and energy storage are rapidly being adopted by homeowners and Fortune 100 utilities alike. The speed of this adoption is unheard of for any type of electric energy technology. → Read More

This Power Plant Runs on CO2

Carbon capture costs nothing in NET Power’s new plant, which uses supercritical carbon dioxide to drive a turbine → Read More

How to Build a More Resilient Power Grid

During big storms, falling trees cause more damage to power grids than strong winds → Read More

$17 Billion Modernization Plan for Puerto Rico's Grid Is Released

The plan adds details and cost estimate to what was outlined earlier to Energywise by a senior official who oversaw the report's development. → Read More

Plans Emerge to Rebuild Puerto Rico's Electric Grid

A soon-to-be-released plan is likely to feature micro-grids and distributed generation → Read More

Battery Storage Will Offer Grid Support as Puerto Rico Recovers

Storage batteries are gaining credibility as a reliable and rapidly deployable technology. Recent disasters play to the technology's strengths → Read More

A Big Hydro Project in Big Sky Country

Its novel design makes this pumped hydro project nearly as flexible as a storage battery. Whether the market is ready for it remains to be seen → Read More

Smart Power Electronic Converters May Help Stabilize the Grid

Qing-Chang Zhong lays out his vision for a harmonious grid → Read More

Stress-Testing a Hypothetical Global Grid

Researchers on two continents hoped to learn if multiple systems could work together to stabilize a storm-damaged grid → Read More

Blockchains Will Allow Rooftop Solar Energy Trading for Fun and Profit

Neighbors in New York City, Denmark, and elsewhere will be able to sell one another their solar power → Read More

Logistics Complicate Puerto Rico's Electric Grid Recovery

The need to haul equipment and personnel by plane and barge has slowed efforts to restore the grid → Read More

Dutch Will Use Wind Power to Green Airports, But Solar is the Future Elsewhere

Unused acreage at airports is being used for renewable energy facilities, especially solar. But some restrictions apply → Read More

Automation Is Engineering the Jobs Out of Power Plants

New gas-fired power plants are so automated that they require a relative handful of staff to operate them, leading to a fundamental shift in the power industry → Read More

Nuclear to Coal to Hydrogen: Sheldon Station Blazes a Trail

In a corner of Nebraska, a power plant continues a 60-year history of innovation as it aims to burn hydrogen for electric power generation → Read More

The Three Factors That Doomed Kemper County IGCC

Clean coal technology suffered a setback when efforts to start up the gasification portion of an IGCC plant in Mississippi were halted → Read More

First Utility-Scale Microgrid in U.S. Enters Service

Almost 200 electric customers in Illinois are now part of a utility-scale test of microgrid technology, including real-time price signals → Read More

Will Energy Offer the Next Market for Blockchain?

The digital tool first gained attention as a driver behind the global rise of bitcoin applications and is gaining notice across the energy sector → Read More