Native Californians know that the best weather of the year along the coast usually doesn't kick in until after Labor Day. This year, after three months of summer gloom and nary a beach day in sight, the summer weather has finally hit with a vengeance—breaking records and hitting well above the 100-degree mark all across the state, including the beaches. And while I have managed to doge this heat wave—I'm currently in New Orleans attending the National Rural Water Association’s annual conference on behalf of our sister publication, Water Efficiency—the constant e-mail and social media updates have kept me abreast of the sweltering situation in my home state. And because unseasonable weather of any temperature—be it extreme heat or paralyzing cold—always ends up putting an undue strain on our power resources, I figured now would be a good time to look back at some of the backup power and demand management articles we’ve recently run in the magazine. So whether you missed an issue or want to revisit an interesting article, the following links will give you a good primer on how to efficiently manage unanticipated demand:
Risk and Interruption
Smarter Opportunities for Data Centers
Emergency Utility Preparedness: Are You Ready?
On The Cutting Edge