74% of U.S. utilities are flunking mobile (the East is best, the South is worst)

SmartGridNews - 6 hours 1 min ago
The migration to mobile is evident in almost every industry. But at a time when people buy clothes, check bank statements or make reservations by phone, the U.S. electric power industry seems to be far behind. There are stunning exceptions of course but many, many utilities seriously lag in their adoption of digital technologies. A new report from Booz Allen offers some suggestions for how they can catch up.

Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?

SmartGridNews - 6 hours 8 min ago
Critics routinely skewer Germany’s aggressive adoption of renewables, citing high power costs and grid instability as the inevitable results. But there are those who contend the country’s grid is more reliable because of renewables integration. Click to read what they’re saying and why.

The 5 essentials for better customer engagement

SmartGridNews - 6 hours 23 min ago
Most utilities have customer engagement programs of some kind by now. But are they doing enough, doing it right? Guest author Martin Milani explains why a comprehensive strategy that cost-effectively engages customers across all touch points and programs is far better than stand-alone solutions. And he shares proven approaches for ensuring meaningful engagement.

FEMP Announces New Utilities Offering UESCs

DOE RSS - 11 hours 15 min ago
August 21, 2014FEMP Announces New Utilities Offering UESCs

FEMP is pleased to announce four new utilities now offering Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) to their Federal customers.

Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies

DOE RSS - 12 hours 46 min ago
August 21, 2014Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department announced today $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Consumers Energy to Provide Synchrophasor Conformance Testing

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - 14 hours 20 min ago
...NIST strongly supports the establishment of the ICAP program for PMU testing and certification. This synchrophasor certification program, adopting the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's (SGIP's) Interoperability Proces Reference Manual (IPRM), will advance our goals to support a resilient grid ...

Larry Goldstein Joins Nexant to Lead Nexant iEnergy Customer Engagement Software Solutions

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - 15 hours 20 min ago
...Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software designed to transform utility business processes and implement smart grid and demand management initiatives. Over the last decade, it has been developing and commercializing software solutions-such as Nexant ...

Dubai Seeks to Be World’s Smartest City

SmartMeters.com - 20 hours 7 min ago

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a strategy to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city. Over the next three years the utility will implement 100 initiatives and 1,000 smart services to that encompass transportation, communications, infrastructure, economic services, and urban planning to enhance the quality of life for Dubai’s residents and…

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Decosimo Solvability Practice to Host Rocket City Government Contracting Conference in Huntsville Sept. 18th

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - 20 hours 22 min ago
...entitled "The EnergyNet is the Next Internet," Mr. Walker will examine the decentralization of power production and the impact of SMART GRID movement. The keynote address will explore the changes taking place as the nation moves from analog-based equipment to ...

Cyberjaya to be elevated to global technology hub [Business Times (Malaysia)]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - 20 hours 48 min ago
...creative content, mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data analytics and four non-ICT sectors: green technology, biotechnology, wearable technology and smart grid technology. (c) 2014 The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate ...

Japan : Renesas Electronics Expands Portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs with Innovative Wide Input DC/DC Regulators Targeting Smart Grid and... [TendersInfo (India)]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:47
...Japan : Renesas Electronics Expands Portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs with Innovative Wide Input DC/DC Regulators Targeting Smart Grid and... [TendersInfo (India)] TMCNet: Japan : Renesas Electronics Expands Portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs with Innovative Wide Input DC ...

Advanced Control Systems Bolsters Website [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:44
...website provides easier user interaction and navigation, faster answers to questions and more detail on the company's suite of smart grid solutions. The website transformation is but one example of initiatives underway at ACS to provide even higher levels of ...

Research and Markets Offers Report: Global Market for Lithium-Ion Batteries - Forecast, Trends & Opportunities 2014-2020 [Professional Services Close - Up]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:38
...the spotlight due to the electricity supply issues resulting from the eastern Japan earthquake and the global efforts to embrace smart grids. With domestic and overseas lithium-ion battery makers entering the markets for storage systems, the market for lithium-ion ...

Cyberjaya to be elevated to global technology hub [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:14
...creative content, mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data analytics and four non-ICT sectors: green technology, biotechnology, wearable technology and smart grid technology. (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved. [ Back To TMCnet.com's Homepage ] description: Cyberjaya ...

Future of utilities: New England may opt for "outcomes-based" regulations

SmartGridNews - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:24
The northeast region of the country is undergoing major changes that include rapid adoption of distributed generation, electric vehicles, smart buildings and more. Plus demands from regulators and ratepayers for a more resilient and dependable grid. Read the story for a look at the New England Clean Energy Council’s vision of the electricity future.

The 7 technologies that are revolutionizing the transmission grid

SmartGridNews - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:11
The U.S. transmission network is old. More than half of the country’s high voltage transmission lines have been in service for 25 years or longer. However, there are several new technologies that could help correct its inadequacies and enable it to meet 21st century demands. Click to learn about them.

The good news for solar that could be bad news for utilities (including much higher efficiency)

SmartGridNews - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:01
Solar may seem like a threat utilities don’t really need to worry about quite yet, if ever in areas that don’t get a lot of sun and costs are high. But recent developments in the solar and energy storage industries could mean the time when today’s utility customers start generating their own power is coming soon.

DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Energy Project Financing, Building Re-tuning for Energy Efficiency, and More

DOE RSS - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:27
August 20, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Energy Project Financing, Building Re-tuning for Energy Efficiency, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

Spending on Smart Grid Technologies Will Total Nearly $600 Billion from 2014 Through 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:07
...Spending on Smart Grid Technologies Will Total Nearly $600 Billion from 2014 Through 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research TMCNet: Spending on Smart Grid Technologies ...

Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

DOE RSS - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00
August 20, 2014Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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