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The electric power industry seems to have been a magnet for bad news lately, but a new survey from Accenture provides a very pleasant surprise. Brace yourself: the majority of utility execs surveyed believe smart grid benefits will exceed original expectations.
If you’re a technical sort with strong opinions and a serious interest in grid modernization, you might want to answer the GridWise Architecture Council’s recent call for candidates. It’s an excellent opportunity to help shape the future electrical system.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened the first revisions of its cybersecurity guidelines for public comment. The deadline is approaching, so study the guidelines and share your opinions with NIST soon.
Silver Spring Networks has always been one of the most influential smart grid companies and an industry trail blazer. That’s why it’s definitely worth the time to follow what the company has planned and where it’s going next. Click inside for our story on SSN’s recent progress and what it means for electric utilities.
Smart Grid News has reported on companies moving away from their traditional utility partners in favor of competitors or going it alone to become as self-sufficient as possible. Click inside for the latest example: Microsoft. It may be a small step for the tech giant but it is, after all… Microsoft.
We already know why we need more transmission. The big question is where and how to get it. Three SGN guest authors have collaborated on a thoughtful examination of the future of transmission, and they offer five steps as a straightforward answer to that big question.
Certain regions in the developing world are getting a jump on the developed world in their efforts to meet the need for more electricity. Our story on a new project in the Philippines is a great example of how existing technologies and a new business model can provide power where it wasn’t universally available before.
A lot of recent grid security news has been dire: escalating numbers of cyber attacks, new vulnerabilities discovered and more. Ready for something positive? Brian Smith of EnerNex shares insights on a topic utility professionals get excited about (in a good way): DNP3 Secure Authentication.
While Gartner Inc. has a long history and remains one of the most respected IT research and advisory firms, we think they missed the mark with a recent analysis of workforce management. Read the story, download the free report and see what you think.
Tucked into the annual report from environmental think tank Rocky Mountain Institute is a critical assessment of the current utility model, along with what the organization sees as the things that must change. It’s a good opportunity to take a look at the future environmentalists envision for the industry.
The price of wind energy continues to drop, and while the production tax credit may still be an important factor in wind power development that falling price could dampen enthusiasm for renewing it. Conway Irwin of Breaking Energy explains.
Grid-scale energy storage is making progress, as readers know from recent news about the California energy storage mandate and other developments. So it seems like a good time to share a quick summary of other activity in the storage sector and who is involved.
Silver Spring Networks is working on an intelligent street lighting project in Denmark and Opower has signed a business partnership with Tokyo area utility TEPCO. This week’s smart grid wins also include plenty of domestic projects, honors and awards, funding news and more.
The electric power industry has had the ability to implement conservation voltage reduction (CVR) and other similar technologies for some time, but little motivation to do it. Click inside for details on one CVR technology and the incentive that has made it an attractive proposition for several TVA utilities that now use it.
National Grid has opened the doors of New England's first-of-its-kind Sustainability Hub along Main Street in Worcester, Mass. The hub provides hands-on education about energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies to help people save energy.
While many people probably still consider DNV KEMA a testing company, it has successfully grown far beyond that boundary into smart grid systems integration and consulting. That, coupled with parent company DNV’s recent merger with GL, is why we think it might be time to make room in the sector’s Big Three list for a fourth major player.
California and New York expect big enough increases in EV sales that their utilities are already preparing for it. Now, those two states and six others are collaborating on measures to make EV ownership easier. Among those measures are more charging stations at workplaces and multifamily residences. Utilities in the six additional states: is your game plan ready?
Utilities are often told that taking a “wait and see” approach to the drastic changes coming in the energy industry just isn’t sustainable strategy. Click inside to find out how utilities serving two European cities have written themselves a major role in initiatives to ‘customize’ electric service.
As EV adoption grows and adds stress to the electric grid, a major policy question moves closer to the front burner. Should utilities be allowed to adjust and accommodate that growth on their own, or should policies be implemented now to promote smart charging and help ensure a reliable energy future?
The microgrid market is expected to grow substantially in the next several years as acceptance spreads, with at least a little help from some high-profile opinion leaders. It’s a good time for utilities to have one eye on the horizon and the other on their revenues.