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Electric utilities have taken a lot of flak for not doing enough to protect the grid. Now, two U.S. congressmen have introduced legislation to give the federal government a larger role in policing the electric power industry. Unless the industry moves quickly and effectively to confront security issues, regulations eventually will come from outside.
The devastating series of storms that swept through many parts of the country focused attention on the need to minimize the damage they cause. With the steady advances in data analytics and improved weather data, the time is coming when we can predict the location and severity of storms. And that will be a welcome and valuable addition to the storm damage mitigation toolbox.
From a smart grid research grant for New Mexico State University to projects for ABB and Siemens in Italy and Egypt, it’s been a busy week in the smart grid sector. Also, read about the Schneider Electric-Microsoft partnership and an integrated energy marketplace from Accenture and Southwest Power Pool.
When residential demand response programs were first launched, the conventional thinking was the most important issue was technology. Turns out, as most of us learned, the toughest part is customer engagement. Comverge CEO R. Blake Young shares five key areas for driving high customer engagement and participation in DR programs.
The conversation around the “utility death spiral” is depressing of course. But readers should take a look at some articulate and very well-conceived views from industry observers about options for the industry’s future. As you will see, some see disaster while others see a possible renaissance, a reinvention.