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The electric power industry workforce is in jeopardy: experienced workers are retiring and there aren’t enough trained workers to replace them. So it’s great news that the Center for Energy Workforce Development and business and industry groups are working together to ensure that students and workers have the needed skills to step up.
Industry events and conferences can help you stay on top of industry trends and technologies and make important contacts. Our calendar is loaded with upcoming events, with links for further details. And be sure to jump to page 2, where you can see the conferences Smart Grid News Chief Analyst Jesse Berst will be attending.
Readers have seen the stories about New York’s ambitious plans to beef up the stability of its electric grid as part of a major smart grid overhaul. Energy storage insider Mark MacCracken joins us to share a close look at what those plans entail and why.
If you’re getting tired of constant disruptive change in our industry, we don’t want to be the bearers of bad tidings… but there’s more to come. Click to read about new concepts for power generation and power distribution that could dramatically change our future.
This thesis addresses electronic power distribution systems for residential applications. Presented are both, renewable energy ac-nanogrid system along with the vehicle-to-grid technology implementation, and envisioned structure and operation of dc-nanogrid addressing all system components chosen as an inherent part of the future electrical architecture.
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features quick summaries of a broad range of projects, from metering to energy storage management, from around the globe. Don’t forget to check out an interesting selection of awards and partnerships.
Even though it took a while, utilities seem to be realizing they need to communicate and work with their customers if they’re ever going to have successful demand response and energy efficiency programs. So now seems like the perfect time to share consumer engagement tips from a master.
Smart city initiatives are underway throughout the world, but many cities are unaware of the importance of energy and water infrastructure to their efforts. Guest authors Jim Anderson and Mark Leinmiller of Schneider Electric make an excellent case for why smart energy and smart water have a critical role and need to be part of the process.
Congress may not be getting much done, but legislators did take two important steps toward enhancing grid resiliency and physical security. Click to read about proposed minimum physical security standards for critical substations and a recently passed amendment that calls for a comprehensive study of grid resiliency.
The microgrid system is a district energy network of distributed generators, such as cogeneration systems and renewable energy (wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, etc.). They are suitable for large scale applications. This paper proposes a small scale microgrid system for apartments, called "Nanogrid,” with each having small cogeneration systems and electrical power that can be shared among them.
Privacy worries sparked by energy use data gathered from smart meters are not to be ignored if utilities want the buy-in they need from regulators and their customers. Read the story to learn the four areas utilities need to nail down to ensure smart grid social acceptance.
We have followed National Grid’s smart grid pilot in Worcester, MA throughout its evolution, and it continues to be one to watch. The smart meter installations have been completed, so click to get an update on the new applications and tests that are coming next.
Guest author Stuart McCafferty notes that microgrids are not always the optimal solution -- but when they are a good fit for power companies’ organizational needs that investment should include benefits for consumers too. He shares and explains some of the more common as well as provocative customer benefits microgrids can offer.
Smart meters offer many advantages, but they also bring new vulnerabilities. A perfect case in point: Malta. A meter tampering racket managed to siphon off 10% of the power generated by the island country. Click for details… and a reminder that vigilance is not optional. It’s essential.
Most professionals in the utility industry realize there’s little chance of a future without the steadily accelerating adoption of distributed energy. Fortunately EPRI has embarked on new studies and initiatives to help utilities make the most of that distributed future… and prosper.
A massive amount of data is collected from meters and substations, but the segment between substations and meters might as well be invisible. GRID20/20 President Alan Snook explains how low-cost sensors and data triangulation can shed light on that largely hidden stretch, and why it’s such a useful strategy.
Are we wrong to focus solely on residential energy efficiency? According to a new report from the UK, the answer is yes. Researchers found that consumers are much more likely to use energy saving measures at home, and ignore them at the office. Click for details.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has partnered with the Edison Electric Institute to bring regulators on board with new rate plans and business models to speed up grid modernization. Click to learn why NRDC and EEI are taking action and how they can be powerful allies for utilities.
Smart grid security gets an awful lot of attention and furrowed brows, but there just haven’t been many successful implementations. Engineers from AltaLink, Alberta’s largest transmission company, share how they were able to set multiple layers of protection in place.
It’s been yet another big week for smart grid projects and developments, not to mention interesting news on renewable energy company First Wind’s infusion of cash and Opower’s long-rumored IPO. Click for details on those stories and other news from a variety of smart grid companies.