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DOE to beef up public access to its research (and it’s free)

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:56
In an effort to increase public access to its scientific research, the Energy Department has launched a web-based portal that will offer research publications and digital data. The Department says it hopes the move to make its research more readily available will support more innovation, commercial opportunities and accelerated scientific breakthroughs.

Keeping up with smart grid companies: new projects and developments

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:47
This week’s collection of smart grid projects covers a lot of ground: Silver Spring Networks and Trilliant expanding their presence in new and existing territories and GE’s Solutions as a Service implementation for example. And there’s more news from Itron, Siemens and Plug Power.

Smart grid attack scenarios (understand the threat to defend against it)

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:39
As the number of threats to the U.S. electric grid increases, the need to raise awareness about them becomes even more critical. Chances are you’ve read several news accounts describing attempted grid attacks from hostile countries. While there are defenses, understanding threats is the first step to preparing for them.

Should you be considering a dual-fuel energy efficiency approach?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:38
ACEEE is talking up the benefits of electric and natural gas utility dual-fuel energy efficiency programs, but they’re not ignoring the challenges and concerns such an undertaking can present. Read the story for a status update and for access to profiles of 16 successful dual-fuel programs.

Another European country takes a step back from smart meters

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:32
French regulators have decided the country’s goal of supplying 95% of electricity customers with smart meters by 2020 was “too ambitious” and want to scale it back. Click for more on the story and on the overall status of the EU smart meter initiative.

Munis and coops: Your 7 biggest smart grid screw-ups (IOUs -- you could learn something too)

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:21
Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities need to be vigilant about pitfalls that could interfere with the returns they expect from smart grid investments. A report from the Smart Grid Research Consortium identifies seven problem areas that are increasingly causing disappointing returns (along with recommendations for how to ensure that doesn’t happen).

The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:19
Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex. We thought you would be interested in a collection of articles that address where and how utilities fit into the smart city equation.

Want money for microgrids? Try tapping disaster relief. (New Jersey did it.)

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:11
Microgrids can be a practical solution to enhance grid resiliency against threats to the grid, whether they come from superstorms or cyberattacks. The downside? They’re expensive and they don’t have much of a track record. New Jersey, however, has come up with an answer to the cost question others may want to consider.

Why Home Depot could soon be in charge of the power industry

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:55
The upheaval in the U.S. power industry and what the outcome could be seem to have become the hot topic of conversation among energy professionals. And those conversations continue to lean toward the “utility death spiral” along with distributed generation. Click to read about what industry leaders and top publications are saying right now.

Want to design your own future? Consider collaborating with the GridWise Alliance

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:28
We’ve said it several times: utilities need to decide what role they want to play in the rapidly changing energy business environment. It’s a challenging proposition but not one utilities have to take on alone. The GridWise Alliance may be able to help.

Should utilities sell TV and Internet anywhere? Chattanooga's EPB thinks so

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:19
Chattanooga utility EPB is well-known for its smart grid innovations. Now the company is asking regulators for permission to do something else innovative: sell TV and Internet services outside its service area. Click to find out more about what the utility has in mind.

How to attack a smart meter (Utilities: better find out before the criminals do)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:11
It makes sense. As smart meters become more prevalent, they provide more opportunities for criminals to misuse them. And some of the ways they could do that may surprise you. Read the story to learn about what smart, well-equipped criminals are capable of… keeping in mind that there are defenses against those tactics.

EEI asks electric utilities to help rev up PEV adoption

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:20
The Edison Electric Institute is asking electric utilities to allocate a percentage of their annual fleet purchasing budgets for plug-in electric vehicles. EEI says utilities are a “tremendous leader” in supporting electric transportation and should further support the PEV cause and lead by example.

Smart grid wins: Partnerships, acquisitions, projects and more

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:07
This week’s smart grid wins roundup is heavy on partnerships and acquisitions, but there also is plenty of news about transmission and metering projects and other developments. Read the story for quick summaries and click the links for further details.

What Disney can teach you about messaging to utility customers (yes, Disney)

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:32
Persuading customers to get serious about conserving energy has been a tough nut for utilities to crack. But CEIVA Energy CEO Dean Schiller, a former Walt Disney executive, shares some refreshing and engaging thoughts (with examples) on how to get, and keep, customers’ attention.

Smart grid market research: China’s renewables growth surge and more

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:49
Smart grid market forecasts are always interesting because they change so regularly. This week we share research on a variety of markets to let you know what the forecasters are expecting over the next few years. Read the story for a quick look at the EV charging stations market, smart city technology, home automation and China’s explosive renewables growth.

Deathmatch 2014:The battle to control the Internet of Things (including the smart grid)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:39
What happens when a new technology hits an inflection point? Frequently the answer is a long, drawn out battle over standards. This time the fight is over the Internet of Things. Click to learn about six emerging standards that could be contenders.

Regulator / utility collaboration – the 3 states that do it best (and other tips for better relationships)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:28
It’s crucial, particularly in these challenging times, for utilities to be able to sit down and work with regulators. Nick Wagner, a member of the Iowa Utilities Board with a long list of additional credentials, shares his thoughts on why communicating with regulators early and often is so important… and how to go about it.

Smart grid technology roundup: What’s new in metering, analytics and more

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:11
As the smart grid evolves, the companies providing the technologies that make it happen continually develop new products, enhance existing ones and add services. Click to read about some of those new offerings from Elster, ABB, Trimble, Schneider Electric, Ideal Power, Itron and others.

How to keep your smart meters safe from attack (and not just cyber-attacks)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:58
In the first installment of his two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated alerted you to seven serious threats to smart meter security and what their consequences could be. Now he’s back to share technology that can thwart those dangers.