About the Author

Laura Sanchez

Laura Sanchez is the editor of Distributed Energy and Water Efficiency magazines.

Articles by Laura Sanchez

When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

Water

When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

The US experienced an historic number of weather and climate events in 2017—16 different disasters with damages over a billion dollars, according to NOAA. These events included one drought, two floods, one freeze, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, and one wildfire that together resulted in the deaths of 362

Great Implications

Weekly

Great Implications

It was unanimous. Every member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted last week to deny a Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposal to restructure pricing.

The tariff structure, the DOE explained, would help power companies recover costs at generation plants with long-term fuel supplies. These subsidies were needed, it

The Cannabis Conundrum

Water

The Cannabis Conundrum

For weeks I thought I had a skunk problem. Every evening, the scent returned. But as it turns out, odiferous varmints were not to blame. My home, nestled in an agricultural region of California, has recently found itself at the epicenter of the cannabis industry. And it seems that this

The Battery Apocalypse

Weekly

The Battery Apocalypse

In the near-distant future, spent batteries could clutter the landscape. A primary focus of energy storage tech developers has been on engineering more power-dense and lighter weight lithium-ion batteries to power devices like laptops, cell phones, and electric vehicles. But it seems that little planning has gone into the product’s

Regulatory Revisions for Water Reuse

Water

Regulatory Revisions for Water Reuse

Water management is an essential component of resilient building design. However, codes and regulations are typically structured around traditional centralized water delivery and wastewater systems. Therefore, for architects and builders, introducing decentralized systems to capture and reuse water means that projects can easily become mired in regulatory quicksand. But it

A Lasting Impression

Energy

A Lasting Impression

You’ve seen her enigmatic smile. It allures, engages, and seems to interact with those standing before her. The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s sixteenth-century masterpiece, appears more alive than any other portrait. In fact, some believe that by integrating elements of anatomy, chemistry, and optics into his artistic process, Leonardo

Technology That Talks

Energy

Technology That Talks

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used often in the solar industry for its predictive capacity—for weather forecasting and to support informed decision-making. AI’s algorithms are able to analyze massive quantities of data from satellites, weather stations, and sensors to determine patterns and foresee weather events that could impact energy generation. We

Revisiting the Flint Fiasco

Water

Revisiting the Flint Fiasco

Before we close the books on 2017, we thought that it would be interesting to revisit some of Water Efficiency’s top posts for the year.

This blog post received more comments than any other Water Efficiency post published in 2017.


Unprecedented Charges in Flint
While I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to do

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

Energy

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

Before we close the books on 2017, let’s revisit Distributed Energy’s top posts for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other blog post published in 2017.
Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates
Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings.
Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the