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Why you need to sniper-proof your grid (Now!)

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 15:09
Ordinarily utilities worry about their operations being the target of cyberattacks. But one physical threat is far less complicated: sniper attacks. News reports have confirmed shooting incidents, and one that nearly caused a partial blackout. Not that grid operators need anything else to worry about, but here is one more cause for real concern… and action.

The 4 most important smart grid lessons learned (courtesy of Black & Veatch)

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 14:57
In its first Strategic Directions report on utility automation, Black & Veatch shares the results of a survey conducted with utility executives about common challenges and possible opportunities. It’s worthwhile reading for all, but particularly for those executives who may be wondering “Is it just me, or…?”

Philadelphia's Navy Yard maps its energy future

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 19:45
With help from industry heavyweights such as Alstom Grid, Philadelphia's Navy Yard has a new energy master plan to take it into the future. Click to see what's next for the private electric grid – including its role as a testing ground for new technologies.

Smart grid resources and the paradigm shift to come (aka locational cost effectiveness)

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:49
At a time when utilities are forced to deal with several major changes at once, Integral Analytics CEO Tom Osterhus sees yet another coming forward: a significant paradigm shift in the pursuit, approval and integration of smart grid resources. Click to read his insightful observations and his take on what the impact is likely to be.

Smart grid success: Australia declares its program a win (with caveats)

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:40
The Australian government has wrapped up an audit of its Smart Grid, Smart City program trial. The results? Basically good although there were some notable shortcomings. Click for a brief look at what the auditors found and for more on Australia’s program.

Smart grid wins… new projects, awards and developments

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:25
As always, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects and developments. So we’re sharing a selection that should be interesting… from metering and energy storage to analytics and transmission. And don’t miss the new partnerships, and awards to CenterPoint Energy and Silver Spring Networks for their consumer education efforts.

How to survive the death spiral? Become an Ebay for electricity (or a leasing company)

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:41
More and more utility customers are generating most of their own electricity with rooftop solar – and they’re getting relatively painless financing to do it. But utilities are in a very good position to take advantage of the opportunities the changing market is creating, if they’re willing to take on the challenges.

The 10 essentials of a great smart grid plan

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:28
Whether utilities are just now embarking on their smart grid initiatives or they have been underway for some time, it’s always smart to consider good advice. While it may sound like a surprising source, click to review best practices recommended by the Environmental Defense Fund’s John Finnigan. His recommendations could be very helpful when it’s time to talk rates with regulators.

Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:23
Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

2015 here we come. Britain maps out its smart meter future

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:26
The UK has updated a long-range plan for its 2015 smart meter rollout. It’s a good story to follow because there could be both lessons and cautions for utilities elsewhere as the project continues. Get the details about the preparations underway and the priorities for ensuring a stable rollout.

The right way to approach Big Data (GE thinks it knows)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:20
Data analytics has been a hot topic for utilities, and GE Digital Energy has invested a lot of time and effort in developing solutions. We had a chance to talk with GE’s general manager for Software Solutions about the company’s approach recently and thought readers would be interested in the results.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Four - Transitioning from central generation to clean energy

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:10
Guest authors Becky Harrison and Steve Hauser are back with the fourth installment of their series on the electric power industry’s five biggest challenges. Click to read their views on the transition from central generation to clean energy, and comment on the questions at the end of the article.

What Aclara's new buyer will get (and why utilities should care)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:04
The final sale of Aclara is overdue and will likely be announced sometime soon. But that may leave many utility professionals wondering what to expect from the company under new ownership. Click for a quick look at what Aclara is focusing on now and where it is heading.

Google's march to become an energy company

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:18
Google’s acquisition of thermostat company NEST sparked a lot of conversation recently. But that’s not the only reason to pay attention to the search giant’s activities. It looks a lot like Google wants to get into the energy business and, of course, on a large scale.

Utilities: The 9 things to worry about most

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:12
Smart Grid News founder and chief analyst Jesse Berst spent a lot of time with a lot of utility professionals at last week’s DistribuTECH. Click to read what they told him were their biggest headaches. Many readers are likely to find some very familiar problems on the list.

Microgrids: The next logical step for the military

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:43
The U.S. military has had a long and well-documented interest in renewable energy to reduce its dependence on the grid. Now guest author Stuart McCafferty provides a detailed account and explanation of what the Department of Defense is doing with microgrids.

The votes are in! Presenting your 14 Smart Grid Companies to Watch

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:17
The polls are closed and the results are here for the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014 competition. Click to meet the companies you selected as this year’s smart grid superstars. And a big thank you to all who participated.

A smart meter success story -- more than half of UK customers are saving money

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 18:02
Good news from the UK: more than half of households with smart meters are saving money, and it’s encouraging more customers to latch onto an array of energy efficiency measures. Click for a quick read about this encouraging news.

The experts speak -- Will renewables integration reach a critical level soon?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 17:50
Guest authors contributing to our Next Next Thing article series have tackled a variety of topics, including Big Data, security, disaggregation, DA and distributed energy storage. See what they have to say as they weigh in on the rapidly spreading adoption of renewables and what should be done to accommodate it.

Smart grid sampler: This week’s industry wins and developments

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 17:38
It’s a full plate of smart grid wins this week. Click to read about Milsoft’s outage management win, C3 Energy’s project with a major utility, Battelle’s agreement to commercialize energy storage technologies for renewables, additional developments and two new partnerships.