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Europe’s smart grid and smart metering ramp up hasn’t been a smooth affair by any stretch of the imagination. But an association of European distribution utilities has recommended what it believes are the most important steps that need to be taken for success. Get the details inside.
The number of data centers seems to be growing daily, and that burgeoning growth also means increases in energy consumption. EPRI’s energy efficiency research team has been hard at work on how to shave the power needs of today’s data centers and has come up with several approaches that, particularly when combined, can significantly reduce the amount of electricity used.
It may surprise many readers, but John Finnigan of the Environmental Defense Fund makes the case for utilities earning a fair return for keeping the grid up and running. He provides an overview of the increasing popularity of solar installations at homes and businesses and assesses the risks that trend and net metering represent for utilities.
Planning a new smart metering program or considering an upgrade to an existing system? Highly-regarded consulting firm DNV KEMA has a helpful piece on what utilities need to consider when developing a sound AMI deployment program. Yes, it is a marketing tool but the information it contains on deployments is valuable.
There are several avenues for utilities to communicate and engage with their customers, but one of the most effective is an accessible, useful web site. We share some very good examples of web sites focused on giving customers a solid understanding of AMI and smart meters.
Meter manufacturer and solutions provider Elster and others are collaborating to develop the ultimate guide to advanced metering infrastructure, and Smart Grid News readers are invited to get in on the ground floor. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to tell the experts what you really need to know about AMI. Work has already started, so the time to do it is now.
It looks like the fuel cell sector is growing up. Companies are making serious progress with fuel cell-powered micro combined heat and power systems. We share some of the developments and how they could make it possible for homes and small business to disconnect from the grid.
Would you like to get free advice and best practices from experts on consumer engagement? In a quick, easy to read package? Judith Schwartz, a well-respected figure in the field, provides a 12-point summary of key issues addressed during a recent workshop that featured 75 experts.
It’s a big week for smart grid wins: Sensus was chosen as core communications technology provider for one of the world’s largest smart meter deployments. Read the story for more accomplishments from smart grid companies and utilities.
Northeastern states are planning hefty investments to beef up grid resilience in the face of severe storms. Read the story to find out what New Jersey has planned for the $100 million it has earmarked and how smart grid technologies are figuring in the outage restoration equation.
A German agency has released a report finding that savings from smart meters don’t justify the cost there, particularly for residential customers. It could have a big impact in Europe, but also in the U.S. where some regulators may see it as reason for concern.
The U.S. is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets, and it’s not just rows and rows of turbines covering acres of ground. Two-thirds of wind turbines installed over the last several years were distributed. New reports released by DOE provide details on the wind market. They’re worth a look.
Experts from utilities, technology and consulting companies, commissions and trade groups gathered at the workshop to discuss best practices and suggest opportunities for making energy use more meaningful to consumers.
Utility cost savings are frequently the primary focus of business cases used to justify self-healing smart grids. But that focus neglects the very real economic benefits of reducing outages and increasing grid reliability. S&C Vice President Mike Edmonds details a new, better approach to getting regulators on board.
When the smart meter backlash began several years ago, a major allegation was that RF emissions from the meters caused health problems. But as anti-meter sentiment moves into more conservative parts of the country, the focus has changed: now it’s the government snooping to find out what people are doing in their homes.
As EV adoption picks up, more utilities are likely looking for solid guidance on how to deal with a number of relevant issues. Southern California Edison has learned quite a lot through its EV readiness program, and the utility is happy to share its findings on EVs, customer assistance and grid reliability. Find out more and get the report inside.
It’s looking more and more like the net metering conflict could become a big PR problem for utilities. We share another example that highlights why utilities need to be getting their side of the story out to customers and regulators.
Readers who follow the continuing drama featuring Xcel Energy and the City of Boulder know it’s a very complex affair. Kenneth Skinner, VP of Integral Analytics, not only provides a detailed insider’s recap of the major issues and events, but shares very important lessons investor-owned utilities should take to heart.