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Data centers have become one of the largest consumers of electric power, and they’re getting bigger to meet growing consumer demand for services. A recent survey says data center managers are on a continuous and urgent quest to find ways to cut costs and boost energy efficiency.
One of the biggest energy cost centers for cities is the street light grid. So turning that grid into a revenue generator seems like a bright idea – and that's just one objective of a first-of-its-kind smart street light pilot under way in San Diego Gas & Electric territory. Read what the project has already achieved in cost savings and efficiency.
The smart grid is a major component in the shift of the Internet of Things from fantasy and speculation to reality. Guest author Kristopher Ardis continues his series with a second installment detailing the transition, the smart grid and how it all works.
Silver Spring Networks has again expanded its presence in the smart cities space with its new Network-as-a-Service offering designed to help cities confront their most immediate challenges. Click to learn about those challenges and how SSN plans to help cities meet them.
A compromise ruling by Arizona regulators appears to have put the damper on the escalating battle between the state’s primary electric utility and the rooftop solar industry over net metering policies. But while the head of the Arizona Public Service Company complimented regulators, he said the decision didn’t go far enough… so the fight may be far from over.
The opposition to smart meters almost seems as if it has gone the way of passing fads. It just hasn’t been in the news lately. But worries about health and privacy issues are still alive in Marshfield, Wisconsin, where a small number of customers told their utility they don’t want the new meters.
While some utilities are accommodating and working with solar systems, others continue to resist them. DNV KEMA’s Richard Fioravanti explains that with a few simple changes, those solar systems can enhance resilience in utility service territories. And he outlines how it can be done.
As always, there is a lot of variety in this week’s collection of smart grid wins, including the first major U.S. transmission project in decades, grid modernization, energy and workforce management, customer information systems and a prestigious award for EnerNex and NIST.
Plug-in electric vehicle advocates and manufacturers have struggled trying to get more drivers into the cars. They might want to take a look at a new report from industry software and services company Recargo. It lays out in detail what prospective buyers want and why. Electric utilities may want to take a look too.
In this second article in a series, Sterling Hughes of Silver Spring Networks continues his exploration of smart cities in terms of network applications and the importance of standards, infrastructure security, scalability and more. He covers a lot of ground in a very interesting read.
Utilities know full well how much of a challenge mobile workforce management is. Bob Lockhart from Navigant Research is here to help with an assessment of those challenges, their repercussions and what utilities need to do to ensure a management program strong enough to deal with them.
This report provides an in-depth look at plug-in vehicle (PEV) charging in the U.S. It is based on the opinions and attitudes of more than 2% of the PEV drivers in the country and addresses in detail the technologies, PEV driver charging habits, vehicle range issues and more.
It’s just plain hard to keep up with the steady stream of smart grid market research reports, and to find those that match your interests. So click inside for our roundup of recent reports on a variety of topics from microgrids and building energy management to global smart meter markets and solar PV.
Smart grid is frequently thought of as the first and largest example of the Internet of Things. Kristopher Ardis, Executive Director of Maxim Integrated, launches a four-part series with his thoughtful piece on smart grid and the fantasies and realities of the Internet of Things.
Consumer acceptance of smart grid, its technologies and benefits is so critical that even a modest increase in positive consumer attitudes is pretty good news. The results of a new survey show just that, a modest increase, and that illustrates why continued smart grid education and promotion efforts are essential.
Identifying the dollars and cents value of smart grid to consumers is a tough proposition. But the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative recently released a study that provides those numbers, and confirms them along with other benefits like CO2 emissions reductions and increased grid reliability.
Should battery energy storage be coupled with wind power? Stanford University researchers say it’s not always a good idea… or cost effective, even if it is the prevailing thinking. Read the story to find out why they don’t think wind power and battery storage are necessarily a good fit.
When 2D interoperability among hardware, communications and applications transforms into 3D interoperability, the enhancements to reliability, security, safety and flexibility can be dramatic (and significant) for utilities. That's according to Elster Solutions VP Pat Corrigan, who explains in today's guest column how system-wide technology transparency can also eliminate rippling upgrade costs. Don't miss it.
San Diego Gas & Electric has been earning recognition for its smart grid and transportation efforts for some time, and it has more than 50 active smart grid projects on the books. Click inside for a quick update on what SDG&E is up to now.
Smart water deployments have been making big strides in the U.S., but the technology is also taking hold elsewhere in the world. Neil Strother of Navigant Research explores smart water initiatives in Europe, Asia and other regions.