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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.

Italy's Enel continues to trail blaze (this time with storage and analytics)

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:58
While it’s always smart to watch the pioneers and trail blazers in the industry, sometimes we don’t look far enough for valuable lessons and inspiration. Italy’s Enel Group, a highly-ranked utility with operations in 40 countries in Europe and Latin America, is a prime example.

Why some insurers are dumping utilities. And how "the convergence of all things security" can help

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:44
Utilities already have enough challenges and problems to deal with, and now they have another one: some insurance companies refuse to insure them against cyberattacks. Three security experts from IBM share their insights on that development and what it will take to develop a truly secure grid.

Damned if you do department: Senators chasing those who reveal grid vulnerabilities

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:37
Utilities have been pushed to share more about their grid vulnerabilities over the years to stay ahead of threats. But now two U.S. Senators are calling for an investigation into a leak involving sensitive FERC information on possible grid weaknesses. They’re alarmed at the possible consequences if that information should fall into the wrong hands and do not want it shared.

Why Opower's IPO is so important to all of us

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:30
When Opower launched its IPO on April 4, share prices jumped during the first day of trading. While that’s certainly great news for Opower and the home energy management sector, it’s also very good news for the industry overall. Click for details and what the IPO could mean for the industry’s future.

SGN Lessons from the Real World Webinar Archives

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:05
Click inside for instant access to replays and slide decks from all of our previous smart grid webinars:
- Forget about Big Data! (Start with small data)
- End-to-End Asset Health
- Best Practices in IT/OT Convergence
- Data Analytics: How BGE is Benefiting from AMI Data
- Cellular's Role in Smart Grids
- Full-Circle Customer Engagement: Why, When and How
- Success Secrets of OG&E's Smart Grid Deployment
- Customer Engagement with IHDs
- Breakthrough Techniques for Engaging Electric Power Consumers
- Behavioral Science for Persistent Customer Engagement
- Path to an Integrated Network Operating Center
- Science of Customer Engagement
- The Path to Advanced Asset Management
- Comparing Cellular with Other Comm Technologies
- Hard Won Wisdom for Smart Meter Deployments
- Breakthrough Best Practices for Merging IT and OT
- Meter Data Management Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)
- Smart Grid Security - How to Protect New and Legacy Equipment
- Achieving the Ultimate Communications Network
- Next Generation Asset Management
- Making the Business Case for Smart Meters
- Secrets of Customer Adoption
- High Performance in Talent and Organizations
- High Performance in Data Management - From Overload to Insights

Forget about Big Data: webinar replays and presentation materials

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:22
Want to get your utility started down the data analytics path – but not ready to commit to a platform and the enterprise-class software that goes with it? Click to watch replays from SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy explained why a start-small approach can make a lot of sense.

Forget about Big Data webinar slide deck

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:01
Download the presentation materials used in SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy discussed advantages of a smart small approach to data analytics.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:59
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

Scientific American: Utilities are conducting a "propaganda war" against solar

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:47
There’s no shortage of news about conflicts between the rooftop solar industry and electric utilities. According to a recent Scientific American article, the rooftop solar industry and utilities are at war… and predicts utilities are losing. Click for details.