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Considering the daily challenges utilities face, developing an asset health management system may not be at the top of the to-do list. But most utilities already have the information they need. Read the story to learn about a strategic approach to asset health management, and register for a free upcoming webinar to get even more insights from the experts.
Utilities once relied on customer calls to learn about power outages - and guesswork to find them. Today's outage management, volt-VAR and other DA technologies have vastly improved that scenario. But it can be even better. Read why Elster's Michael Johnson says they represent only one small step toward the better future that awaits utilities and their customers - and what utilities need to do to capitalize on tomorrow's possibilities.
Water system managers deal with serious challenges like old infrastructure and increasing demand. It’s certainly not easy, but one city is making it look that way. Neil Strother of Navigant Research takes a detailed look at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s strategy for leaping over the hurdles.
Motley Fool is a popular site for investment guidance, and a recent piece offered three choices for recommended utility stocks. We provide a quick overview and a link to the complete post.
From the North Sea to China and from Florida to Canada, this week’s smart grid wins feature covers a lot of ground. Offshore projects, analytics, metering wins, an acquisition and a partnership complete this week’s roundup.
Advanced Demand Response (ADR) is an important component of the smart grid. But not only has it been slow in coming, it’s complex. Market researcher Jim McHale of Memoori shares how smart buildings can provide at least some of what we need now rather than wait for ADR.
A new study report specifies new areas where the smart grid initiative is growing, and they’re not talking about North America, Western Europe or East Asia. The 35 countries included in the study make up a very small segment of the current market, but are taking significant steps to catch up.
PPL Electric is doing what utilities with successful smart grid projects should be doing: telling people (including their customers) about the benefits and value the smart grid upgrades are providing. Click inside for more on what PPL Electric has accomplished.
Yes, any number of threats to the survival of the electric power industry have arisen over the past several years. But warnings of an impending crash have multiplied recently. Industry professionals may be alarmed at what mainstream businesspeople are hearing and reading, and for good reason.
Should utilities be able to recover their costs for cybersecurity improvements? Security expert and SGN contributor Andy Bochman offers his view of how the discussion is progressing and some possible approaches and methods of compensation now on the table.
There has been a lot of discussion of the net metering “problem,” and SGN has contributed its share of coverage. But there has not been much said about solving it. We thought you would like to see a balanced description of the issue as well as potential solutions under consideration in several states.
Some industry observers may overlook residential demand response and its contributions to the evolving smarter grid. Comverge CEO R. Blake Young shares his take on why residential DR does play a critical role in overall energy management strategy.
Is it time for utilities to take a new (and more cost-effective) approach to their power backup and uninterruptible power supply systems? Steve Minnihan of Lux Research weighs the pros and cons of a solution based on the cloud computing concept.
As solar power becomes more widespread, utilities are searching for help in dealing with significant voltage fluctuations from that intermittent source of electricity. A collaboration of utility executives and industry leaders is now calling for regulations that would require smart inverters to lessen those potentially harmful fluctuations. Click inside for details.
It’s assumed by many that the smart grid has reached a plateau, that the relatively speedy growth of years past is over. Maybe not, because we’re seeing signs that a new round of growth could be on its way as early as next year.
Utilities and others spend a lot of time trying to communicate smart grid benefits to skeptical consumers, but they could be missing out on the best way to make their case: the grid-connected EV. Guest author Beaudry Kock explains why EVs are essential to the smart grid and why they are the biggest and brightest smart grid devices most consumers will ever connect with on both emotional and practical levels.
All over the world, utilities are facing up to the task of integrating information technology (IT) operations with those of operational technology (OT). What's driving it? How can utilities prepare? What should they expect? Get answers in the replays from SGN's Aug. 21 webinar with experts from Schneider Electric and Burbank Water & Power.
Download the presentation materials used in the Aug. 21, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar on best practices in IT/OT convergence.
Utilities updating or developing modernization plans would do well to review EPRI’s summary of its Smart Grid Roadmap Guidebook. It outlines lessons learned from five years of smart grid roadmap building and the methods used to develop those roadmaps.
This white paper summarizes the key findings of the EPRI Smart Grid Roadmap Guidebook which synthesizes the results of the company-specific Smart Grid roadmaps developed by EPRI from 2007 to 2011. The report’s major themes are the lessons learned and the methodologies used to develop the roadmaps.