Weekend reading: 4 articles you shouldn't miss

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Every so often we like to share good reads we've found on the web that we think you'll want to read too. Here are the latest:

 

IEEE: Smart grid expert opinions on the most important grid development in 2013

When you put minds like these together you know the results are going to be interesting. In this IEEE article Massoud Amin, Sam Sciacca, Erich Gunther, Steven Collier and John McDonald weigh in on what they think will be this year's most important grid development (or two or three). Here's a snippet from Erich Gunther:

 

“I am already seeing evidence that in 2013 we will see a significant increase in applications of grid modernization technology that can improve the grid's resiliency to natural and manmade disasters - the so called low probability, high impact events. Recent storms in the northeastern US have shown us that we are increasingly reliant on a continuous supply of electric energy to keep society functioning. Society in general is less tolerant of their favorite powered convenience not working for even short periods of time let alone dealing with the socioeconomic impact of long energy interruptions. Read more >>

 

Politico: A free-market approach that works for energy

There's been a lot of talk about U.S. energy policy – or more aptly, the lack of one – so we thought this piece written by T. Boone Pickens offered an interesting take whether you agree with him or not. Here's a short excerpt:

 

"I’m a realist. I like renewables, but I don’t believe they will make a big difference in transportation for at least a few decades. You can’t move an 18-wheeler with a windmill. The only two fuels that we currently have in abundance that can provide direct competition against OPEC oil are domestic oil and domestic natural gas. And the only one of these that can break the grip of OPEC oil is natural gas, which, due to the widespread use of horizontal drilling and fracking, we now have enough recoverable natural gas to last about 100 years. By that time, I believe we’ll be far beyond today’s internal combustion engines." Read more >>

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