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Distributed and Renewable Energy Resource Strategy
Despite cultural, economical and geographical differences, utility markets all over the world share
similar energy-related challenges and needs
This discussion will explore the successes and challenges that energy markets
(United States, Brazil, Jordan) have experienced when implementing a
distributed energy resource strategy and the technologies that power them
Factors that led to moving to renewable and distributed energy Strategies for the implementation of a comprehensive distributed energy
The importance of big data in distributed energy strategy and the types of questions big data analytics can answer
By diversifying its resources and crafting data-driven strategies, Jordan is a cardinal example of energy
innovation and its national-level impact
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In 2011 Jordan was 97% reliant on foreign energy imports, consuming ~20% of national GDP. This near
complete dependence on foreign energy sources, coupled with the debilitating Arab pipeline attacks and increasing energy demand, has fueled Jordans mission
to become a self-sustaining energy efficient country.
The sun belt is a particularly effective region for solar
energy production. Jordan predicts solar energy will
comprise 12-15% of energy in the next 5 years.
JORDANIAN ENERGY INITIATIVES
To help mitigate risk, Jordan identified the need to diversify energy resources and to increase strategic energy production and storage capacity. In addition, the Jordanian ministry has initiated the development and implementation of a comprehensive energy efficiency program. Some immediate initiatives include:
Jordans first wind farm, Tafila, is expected to
generate electricity with a cost 25% lower than
thermal energy, lowering CO2 emissions by 40K tons
Local Energy Storage
Jordan realizes the need to lower exposure to external shocks in terms of supply;
Jordan is creating local energy storage, including
running pilot projects with Bloom Energy.
Big Data Analytics
Equipped with insights provided by SAAS analytics
provider GridCure, the Jordanian ministry is
empowered to make both strategic and operational
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and
displace fuel consumption, the Jordanian ministry has pledged to move its entire fleet of government vehicles
to the mid-model Tesla.
Brazil has experienced firsthand the impact of climate change on energy production and the related
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Global warming, stringent government regulations and the national financial crisis have already had major
implications on Brazils energy sector
CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER CHALLENGES
Climate Change - The recent drought has not only affected water consumption but also hydro plant generating capacity, which sometimes generates as much as 80% of Brazils total electricity; the long-term repercussions of climate change on hydropower generation is still unknown.
Sharing 13% of Brazils national distribution market, CPFL services 7.4 million consumers across 569 municipalities. CPFL understands its responsibility to the consumer - and the future of our planet - and has made it a corporate mission to implement conservation and awareness programs, invest in its smart grid, and develop sustainable technologies.
To date, CPFL leads the renewable energy segment in Brazil with more than 70 sustainability projects in operation. These projects include large and small hydroelectric power plants, wind farms, thermal fuel oil, and So Paolos first solar power plant.
Similar to utilities everywhere, CPFL must balance cost savings, operational efficiency, and energy efficiency. Although CPFL has implemented one of the most advanced smart grid systems in Brazil, with an entire department dedicated to technology, the company has identified the need for further insight into the network.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The US energy market is highly fragmented - from municipalities to co-ops to investor-owned utilities, electric power economics is localized, sometimes
down to the city level
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Without a comprehensive long-term national energy strategy and with widely varied state-specific energy
initiatives, some analysts believe that US energy generation practices and consumption habits could
pose major environmental risks.
US ENERGY REGULATION
The International Energy Agency cites examples of
how low oil prices could make renewables seem less
attractive and how cheap natural gas prices could
dissuade electric providers from pursuing lower-
carbon options, such as solar or wind. As a real world
example, there seems to be a correlation between
the absence of solar farms in Rhode Island, which
does not have any government-provided solar
incentives, compared to its pro-solar neighbors.
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