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The Obama administration will propose new rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants next week. It will certainly be challenged legally and in other ways, but the battle over the rules has already begun. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy explains.
Transmission, renewable energy, smart water management systems, energy storage and energy efficiency projects and developments. They’re all a part of this week’s smart grid wins. Click to read about a variety of interesting projects here and abroad.
Current market research reports have good things to say about renewable energy, building energy management systems, smart grid as a service and other smart grid sectors. The reports were selected at random and don’t reflect on all smart grid markets. But they’re still encouraging.
Demand response supporters were badly shaken by a recent court decision. A FERC rule requiring that power users who cut demand were to be paid the same as providers who increased supply was struck down by a U.S. appeals court. Click to learn more about the decision and read some of the reactions.
The controversy over rooftop solar and the challenges intermittent power sources present for utilities is far from over. But it might be time to make room for another: solar roads have reached the second prototype phase. Read on for details.
A lot of utility professionals may scoff at the thought of moving control center functions to the cloud, but one group of researchers believes it could be a way to protect critical systems and keep the electric grid up and running. Take a look at our brief summary to find out why.
Demand response has become a critical part of the smart grid initiative, and appears to be coming into its own. Guest contributor Phil Davis offers a status report on today’s DR and how and where its applications have expanded. Along the way, he dispels common misconceptions and addresses the next steps in enabling integrated DR.
For the first time, China’s spending on smart grid last year topped U.S. investments. While spending in the U.S. fell by a third, China spent $4.3 billion and plans to spend $100 billion over the next 10 years on power distribution system upgrades. Click for details on the country’s extremely ambitious smart grid plans.
Threats to grid infrastructure are growing: from cyber attacks and natural disasters to obsolescence and retirements of key personnel. And utility reputations are suffering for it. Click for highlights from a recent workshop that offer guidance to utilities looking for ways to answer the calls for better grid resiliency.
As utility professionals know, getting customer engagement right has been a major challenge, particularly at a time when customer expectations and demands are changing so quickly. Read the story for some helpful insights on how to communicate effectively with them.
Grid divorce isn’t a new concept, but it has been attracting a lot of attention recently. While a lot of the discussion about customer-owned power plants has focused on cutting costs or the desire for greener energy, there is a more compelling reason why some customers choose to go off-grid. SGN Chief Analyst Jesse Berst shares his thoughts.
There’s quite a lot in this week’s smart grid wins roundup. Click to read about Landis+Gyr’s acquisition of PowerSense, Silver Spring Networks’ new partnership, an award for BitStew Systems, a major solar installation on tribal lands and a variety of interesting smart grid projects.
Guest contributor Adam Todorski of Demansys makes the case that the technology and opportunities are available today to connect the elements needed for commercial and industrial loads to take part in real-time demand response programs, and to successfully predict and manage them. He explains why inside.
California is in its third year of extremely dry conditions and the continuing drought is taking a severe toll on the state’s water resources. Read about San Francisco’s deployment of smart water meters and online technology to help residents conserve precious water.
The Big Data revolution has had quite an impact on analytics because of its size and scope. And that means keeping up with a more complex and challenging environment. Read the story to find out if you’re up to speed on the current state of analytics.
The vendors and developers that provide smart grid hardware and software are constantly tweaking and enhancing existing products or creating new ones to meet current needs. Click for a sampling of some of those new and enhanced products. It’s quite a variety, from demand response apps to high-speed wireless networking solutions.
Public Service Company of New Mexico’s CEO recently responded to environmentalists that want the utility to commit to more renewable energy: yes, PNM does support renewables, but not at any cost and not if it threatens grid reliability. You may or may not agree with the position, but it is encouraging to see a utility speak out and explain its side of the story.
As Cosmin Laslau of Lux Research makes clear, the fuel cell market is a very rough place for development companies to survive. Citing the bankruptcy filing of developer ClearEdge Power and the missteps that led to it, he warns that more bankruptcies and consolidations are coming and that fuel cell companies and investors should be extremely cautious.
Not that many years ago, it would have been hard to believe the U.S. military would thoroughly embrace renewable energy and distributed generation. But it most certainly did. Click to read about the Army’s latest and largest foray into large-scale solar with Georgia Power.
Communications networks are critical elements of every smart grid project, and must be able to accommodate today’s and future demands. Ron Pate of Elster provides plenty of food for thought (and plenty of detail) in his thoughtful piece on the fresh approach network operators and vendors need to take if communications systems are to be as flexible and interoperable as they need to be.