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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.
Is net metering fair to all? Kristal Lauren High shares her observations on this touchy issue that has been attracting considerable notice lately. We provide a recap and a link to the full editorial.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has released its inventory of smart grid projects, pilots and rollouts in the region. But there’s more than an inventory in the report. It also offers lessons learned along the way.
Once again it’s a broad array of smart grid projects and accomplishments this week: energy storage, a strategic U.S.-Japan partnership, a new testing facility and pilot projects in the U.S. and China.
How do you get good at something? Practice. That’s the point behind a North American Electric Reliability Corporation simulation of physical and cyber attacks that could take out large segments of the grid. More than 150 companies from three countries have signed on for the November drill, including utility professionals, government officials, the National Guard and more.
Utility officials know customer communication and education are critical parts of their daily operations. They also know it’s a tough job. That’s why we are glad to see this new offering from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative: a website specifically for customers which is packed with accessible, easy to use information and resources on all things smart grid.
Summertime is likely not the favorite time of year for grid operators who need to work with the challenges an electric grid stretched to maximum capacity and a constantly changing environment of fluctuating supply and demand. Battelle’s Jason Black shares new software options designed to help operators successfully meet those challenges.
The theme of a protest against Southern California Edison (SCE) was the accusation that it has been “attacking rooftop solar.” Strangely, some of the participating groups frequently accuse utilities of being unfair to low-income families. Now they’re mad because they think SCE is unfair to the more than likely well off people who can afford rooftop solar?
China’s massive growth spurt has caused a quickly escalating demand for energy, and the country is now planning to invest a huge amount of time and money in its distributed generation industry. The story should be food for thought among North American and European utilities.
Security expert and Smart Grid News contributor Andy Bochman shares an update on efforts underway to encourage a stronger focus on cybersecurity. Those efforts include development of a new cybersecurity framework and an extensive selection of incentives ranging from cybersecurity insurance to grants and rate recovery.
A new anti-smart grid documentary is scheduled for release in early September and was recently publicized in a USA Today story. A truly vexing point: neither the filmmaker nor the author of the story could find industry representatives willing to explain their side of the issue.
Utilities are already under a lot of pressure from mandates on renewables, energy efficiency, cybersecurity and coal plant requirements. And a new report is coming with further evidence confirming fossil fuels as the primary cause of global warming. But it should be a few years before a carbon tax or additional climate change legislation is enacted.