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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.
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.