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Automated demand response (ADR) has attracted a lot of buzz and smart grid companies are jumping on the bandwagon one after another. Read the story to learn more about the growing market and to sign up for the Navigant Research Automated Demand Response webinar scheduled for Tuesday, March 11.
Losses from energy theft run into the hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars annually. And it’s a worldwide problem utilities haven’t pursued because getting the evidence to prosecute thieves is so hard to come by. But guest author Alan Snook says there is now a way to do just that: Distribution Transformer Monitoring. Click to learn about the technology and how utilities can use it to pinpoint theft.
Delays in smart meter deployments have been a part of the AMI sector for years. That makes it intriguing to learn of a utility that wants to speed up its installations… and that has been asked to do so by its regulators. Read the story for the latest development in Commonwealth Edison’s smart grid journey.
So, what is MQTT? Guest author Geoff Brown answers that question and explains why it’s crucial to smart grid interoperability and the integration of M2M and the Internet of Things. He also shares problems and challenges – as well as solutions that can be implemented now.
The electric grid may become optional in some parts of the United States because of three converging trends, says a recently released report. But the much talked about utility “death spiral” could be deferred, and there are ways utilities could latch onto a competitive edge. Click to find out how and why.
Utilities depend on solid relationships with their cybersecurity vendors to keep them up to speed and prepared for the latest threats. Infiniti Research has released a list of what it considers the top eight companies in the cybersecurity field. Click to find out which companies they picked and see if you agree.
Distributed generation and rooftop solar have been two very controversial issues in the electric utility industry. Controversial because of their impact on traditional utility business models, renewable energy integration and more. Would resolving those issues have a significant impact on the smart grid and electric utilities? That’s the topic of this installment in our Next Next Thing article series.
The smart grid sector is a busy one, and this week has been no exception. Read about a vegetable oil-insulated and cooled transformer from Siemens, Plug Power’s multi-site hydrogen fuel cell order, ABB’s substation order from Kuwait and other projects and developments.
If there is such a thing as a quiet explosion, the phrase would accurately describe the growth of low-cost sensors for distribution networks. They’re becoming more widespread, more functional and smarter. Guest author Ashley Walter describes one such technology. Think of it as an example of what’s behind a quickly growing market.
The controversy over net metering has been described variously as a “war” or a “battlefield” with rooftop solar companies and supporters on one side and electric utilities on the other. Clean energy and energy efficiency advocate Brian Keene explains why it’s critical for rooftop solar’s continued success that the two sides come together and work as partners… and that everybody wins.
North American utilities may not like pre-paid power plans, but now would be a very good time for them to reconsider. Why? A new report from consulting firm DEFG EcoAlign says consumer adoption and satisfaction with the plans are growing, to the point that 2014 could be an inflection point for pre-pay. Click for details on the report’s findings.
Utilities have good reason to worry about EVs, as in what could happen to a distribution transformer when several neighbors plug their vehicles in to charge every evening at the same time? University of Vermont researchers have a new proposal to duck that problem by reducing the impact of simultaneous charging. Check out the story to find out what they have in mind.
The Electric Power Research Institute has released strategies to help utilities plan and implement an Integrated Security Operations Center. The institute says an ISOC could have several advantages and yield significant value, but also makes it clear that a lot of technical resources, staff and time are needed to make it happen.
Power pricing is shifting toward rates based on peak demand, and it could cause headaches for utilities when commercial and industrial customers see higher electric bills they weren’t expecting. Before they start complaining to you and to regulators, make sure they understand their tariffs and power contracts. Click for details and more sound advice from energy services expert Lindsay Audin.
Microgrid installations are growing in the Midwest, even in regions where hurricanes and superstorms aren’t an issue. Read the story to find out what is behind the growth spurt and why microgrids are getting closer to the inflection point where they will become a more popular option for a variety of applications.
Berg Insight has released its latest report on smart metering in Europe, and there’s news that may be a bit of a surprise for U.S. electric utilities. For instance: when completed, the UK’s system will be the largest wireless smart meter deployment in the world… and it’s primarily cellular. Click for a quick summary of the report findings.
The electric power industry workforce is in jeopardy: experienced workers are retiring and there aren’t enough trained workers to replace them. So it’s great news that the Center for Energy Workforce Development and business and industry groups are working together to ensure that students and workers have the needed skills to step up.
Readers have seen the stories about New York’s ambitious plans to beef up the stability of its electric grid as part of a major smart grid overhaul. Energy storage insider Mark MacCracken joins us to share a close look at what those plans entail and why.
If you’re getting tired of constant disruptive change in our industry, we don’t want to be the bearers of bad tidings… but there’s more to come. Click to read about new concepts for power generation and power distribution that could dramatically change our future.
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