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Utility CIOs: How you stack up against other industries

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:22
PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the results of a worldwide survey conducted with CIOs from several different industries. It’s interesting because it reveals how utility CIOs see themselves and how their thinking compares with counterparts in other industries. And you can learn how to raise your Digital IQ.

Smart grid wins: a first for Tollgrade, a multi-million dollar deal for Pulse Energy

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:11
It’s been a huge week for several smart grid companies. Read about an array of projects and developments, including a first in the sensor market, a merger, a multi-million dollar contract and other news from several smart grid sectors.

Why California's new building code is good for Google (but dangerous for utilities)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:51
It appears that California’s new building energy efficiency standards will have primarily good implications for utilities. They are expected to eventually have a better way to reap the benefits of automated demand response, for example. But there are dangers, too. Click to get the details.

How to improve resiliency: Adopt the Incident Command System

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:25
The federal government’s Incident Command System is an incident management approach for all hazards, including severe weather and terrorist attacks. While most utilities consider it important, only about 50% use it for each incident. Learning how to use the system now could prove well worth the effort in the future, even if there are challenges and it isn’t tailor-made for utilities.

Want to know where we are headed? Study National Grid's pilot

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:17
National Grid’s smart grid pilot project in Worcester, Massachusetts has been a constantly evolving series of lessons to be learned and a microcosm of the current state-of-the-art. The next phase of the project will be no less so. It’s not just about technology; it’s also focused heavily on consumer engagement and education, time-based pricing and other areas.

Is this what it will take to finally grow the smart water meter market?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:08
The smart water meter market is growing, but more slowly than expected. A new report from Statplan Energy says the market would grow more quickly with a shift in priorities: concentrate less on the residential sector and more on commercial smart water meters. Click to learn more about the benefits that approach could bring.

Utility professionals: If you work on the market side, you'll want to tap this new tool

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:43
How many utility professionals can find the time to follow all the latest news and numerous reports to keep up with industry trends and markets? Probably not many. Click to read about a new offering from ABB subsidiary Ventyx: the “Energy Markets Intelligence” website. It can make keeping up with North American industry trends and market opportunities downright convenient.

Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines (from those who've gone before)

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:25
The benefits of integrating AMI with outage management systems can yield tremendous benefits. But it’s not a simple process and there are problems and pitfalls to watch for. Sign up for our free Smart Grid News webinar, “Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines,” and join us April 22 to learn the tips, tricks and tactics for successful AMI and OMS integration.

More scary news about grid vulnerabilities (and how utilities are getting the blame)

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:16
Amid all the news stories focused on grid vulnerabilities comes this gem: the owner of a small technology firm found that breaching the grid is easy, surprisingly easy. His warning? If he can do it, a country or someone with more resources certainly could.

Why and how to convert Big Data into little data (aka actionable data)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:13
Could it be that utilities have been using the wrong approach to deal with the huge amounts of data the smart grid produces? Guest author Steve Ehrlich explains a better way to squeeze value and actionable insight from all that data. And it’s not rocket science.

A new tool to improve utility resiliency. (Did you know about fully submersible switchgear?)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:00
Many communities are pushing to bury their power lines underground to minimize weather-related outages. But that’s not going to do much good in the many parts of the U.S. susceptible to flooding. One part of the solution is flood-resistant equipment. Read on to learn about S&C Electric’s new offering: submersible, water-resistant switchgear.

Two ways the smart grid is unfair to low-income customers (better have answers before your regulators start asking)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:44
Smart grid benefits are many. But what about people who don’t have access to them? That’s the way it stacks up for a lot of low-income consumers, according to a new report from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. Click to find out why.

Goldman agrees -- solar will soon dominate electric power

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:46
The cost of solar power installations and energy storage batteries are going to fall, and keep falling, according to cleantech analysts from Goldman. That of course is another ‘yes’ vote supporting other predictions that solar will soon rule the electricity sector.

Utilities: Time to get on the optimization bandwagon

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:36
There are more ways to meet increasing demand for electric power than firing up new generating plants to provide it. Guest author Roei Ganzarski shares details on new grid optimization technologies, what their capabilities are and how they can be immensely beneficial now and in the future.

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:02
This week’s smart grid wins roundup offers a variety of newsworthy projects and developments. Read about a milestone, an acquisition, awards and projects ranging from Itron’s smart grid platform for National Grid’s Worcester, Mass. pilot to GE Digital Energy’s work in Brazil and additional news from the smart grid sector.

Utilities: Here's a proven consumer engagement tool you can tap into

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:16
Customers who know more about electric power generally appreciate their utilities more. But how do you get there? Invest a lot of money in consumer energy literacy programs and educational resources? Fortunately, there is a cost-effective and proven solution: the Power Over Energy customer literacy campaign. Read on to learn more about it.

More evidence utilities need to push energy efficiency

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 17:05
Two new reports will likely ratchet up efforts to require utilities to make more energy efficiency gains than their existing programs now provide. Click to get familiar with the reports and why it is important for utilities to talk with regulators about how to get recognition for the energy efficiency improvements they have made.

How Google's disdain for utilities could ruin its Nest acquisition

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:53
When Google attempted to move into the home energy management space a few years ago, it first tried to work with utilities but rejected that approach when it decided utilities were too balkanized. Guest author Tom Osterhus explains in detail why that may have been a bad strategy. And he has several insights to share about energy storage and time-of-use pricing.

Nanogrids are sneaking up fast. Has your utility figured out its strategy?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:20
“Nano” technologies are on the way and recent research forecasts that one of them, nanogrids, is on the verge of a growth spurt. Click for details on why nanogrids will be so important, their impact and the possible challenges they represent.

Short on time? Take our quick tour of current smart grid market research

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:08
There’s a wealth of electricity industry and smart grid market research out there, frequently too much to follow. For a quick overview, take a look at a selection of some of the latest research, from trends in customer engagement and microgrids to combined heat and power and cybersecurity.