post-thumb Energy Markets & Batteries: Part 1

July 2017 - Jake Anderson

Background We previously outlined some of the ways in which new technology is disrupting electricity grids. Microgrid and renewable technologies are two key drivers of this transition. While these two areas of technology are driving much of the change at a grid infrastructure level, energy storage (such as batteries) is another form of technology that is disrupting historical energy norms for both utilities and consumers. Coupling new battery technology with the modern energy industry, which relies heavily upon open energy markets, has created new challenges and opportunities that haven’t existed in the past.

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post-thumb Energy Markets & Batteries: Part 2

July 2017 - Jake Anderson

Background In Part 1 of this article series, we provided an overview of energy markets and explained how they are impacting utility behavior. We also discussed advances in battery technology. If you haven’t read Part 1, we suggest reading it before this article as it introduces the concepts that are examined in more detail below. Within this article, we continue our exploration of battery technology and highlight the ways in which it could impact both utility and consumer behavior.

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post-thumb The Power Grid: An Overview and Its Evolution

June 2017 - Jake Anderson

Background As we move further into the 21st century, modern technology has disrupted countless industries and been ingrained into our daily lives. The goal of this article is to look at longstanding infrastructure that is imperative for humanity’s survival yet taken for granted on a daily basis: the electricity grid. Power grids as we know them came into existence roughly 100 years ago, and while they have grown and evolved, a lot of the core infrastructure, concepts, and technology are still commonplace today.

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post-thumb Renewable Siting Automation

May 2017 - Jake Anderson

Background At Anderson Optimization, our goal is to bring useful technology to the energy industry. When we founded the company, we talked to a lot of industry stakeholders and consistently heard about renewable development and siting inefficiencies - as outlined in this article, and we felt that we could provide immediate value. Siting consists of manual processes such as ideal substation identification, manual environmental scans, costly consultant analysis, and land search processes.

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post-thumb Renewable Siting Inefficiencies

April 2017 - Jake Anderson

Background As renewable generation has reached a point of financial viability and strategic success in the energy industry, a supporting industry of companies with supporting tools have arisen to help usher in this new era of electricity. Despite the advent of new technologies, there are still large areas of opportunity for industry improvement. Renewable development is still very expensive and time consuming. Renewable generation still represents a fairly small percentage of the United States’ overall generation profile.

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