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Brutal storms from Hurricane Sandy on have caused billions of dollars in damage. Lives have been lost, and millions of customers lost power for days. As a result, utilities stand accused of not doing enough about outage restoration. Three guest authors offer an excellent explanation of the issue and its challenges, as well as recommendations for what utilities can do to mitigate outage damage and duration.
Of course it would be great to know when to replace equipment before it fails. Aging infrastructure is a major concern for utilities, some say their most pressing challenge. Shawn Lyndon of Ventyx sheds light on how valuable asset health analytics can be for utilities facing aging equipment replacement.
Score one for utilities in the ongoing anti-smart meter backlash saga. A study conducted as part of a Maui smart grid pilot determined that radiation levels from smart meters are far less than those from cell phones, and the Worcester, MA, city council rejected a push to postpone National Grid’s smart meter pilot program because of privacy and health concerns.
The end of the regulated utility model has been predicted for some time, and with ever increasing frequency. You may or may not agree it’s coming anytime soon if at all. But guest author Dick Munson’s argument that disruptive innovation is on its way is definitely worth reading.
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s first Members Meeting is taking place now, and utilities would do well to follow the results. Why? Because the meeting could indicate smart grid areas where new standards and approaches to grid interoperability will come. Read the preview for more details on what to be watching for.
Energy theft is bad for everyone, and regulators are pushing utilities to do more to prevent it because losses from theft are subsidized by customers through higher billing rates. Guest author Kevin Mays points out three effective ways to minimize losses… and it’s not as hard as you might think.
General Electric has put in a bid to buy Alstom Energy, but its chances for success look slim. French government ministers recently stepped in and told Alstom to seriously consider a rival bid from Germany’s Siemens. Click for details.
You’ve likely read about the possibility of a European Super Grid to solve the region’s energy security and other grid-related issues. Guest author Philippe Paelinck of Alstom takes a multi-faceted approach to explain what a super grid would mean and the challenges that need to be resolved for such a massive undertaking to succeed.
It’s been a big news week in the smart grid sector. Itron and Mitsubishi Electric partnered to deliver smart meters in Japan, a new energy storage technology testing and commercialization center opened in New York, and Exelon and Pepco Holdings agreed to combine the two companies. And that’s just a few highlights.
If the tipping point where rooftop solar PV becomes cheaper than power from the grid, and many predict that will happen in 2020, how are utilities going to deal with it? Tough question. Ernst & Young says it has five strategies to help them manage the change.
For many utilities, the value and benefits of Geospatial Information System data are underutilized. Click to find out what those benefits are and how to take full advantage of them through the Electric Power Research Institute’s IntelliGrid Immersion service.
Physical protection for substations has become a hot topic following a number of attacks and the consequences for an entire electric grid if even one was taken out. Several solutions have been suggested, many of them good ones. Guest author Ashley Walter offers four more recommendations that won’t break the bank.
New York’s Public Service Commission doesn’t just want to change a few regulations in its energy policy objectives. It wants to do a major overhaul of the state’s energy vision. Fortunately, the commission’s efforts could mean a brighter future for utilities.
Yes, there has been a swarm of warnings about major vulnerabilities in most smart grids. But this particular warning from guest author Julian Waits also includes two very straightforward steps utilities can take to address cybersecurity weaknesses… right now.
The City of Ruston, Louisiana received $4.3 million in 2009’s Smart Grid Investment Grant round of funding for grid modernization. Click to read what the city did to greatly improve operations for its community-owned electric utility. The report documents the process from planning to completion.
As we load increasing amounts of stress onto our transmission system, whether from renewables integration or other sources, threats to grid stability grow too. Battelle’s Jason Black explains why it is so critical to get away from relying on the old models and address today’s new challenges with new solutions.
Sony Corporation and Hydro-Quebec will develop a large-scale power storage system for electric grids. Considering that grid-scale batteries are expected to be cost effective soon and that more regulators are requiring energy storage, it’s a smart strategy for other utilities to look into.
At one time utilities feared an increased number of electric vehicles on the road would be harmful to the grid. Now, many utilities with high percentages of intermittent renewable energy sources want to provide EV charging themselves to help buffer the effects of varying power output. Guest author Brett Hauser explains why that is a very good idea.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has released the draft of new grid security regulations it was ordered to provide. However, supporters of much stronger security safeguards say the new standards fall far short of the measures needed to adequately protect the grid from physical attacks.
Download the presentation materials from SGN’s April 22, 2014 webinar and learn what experts from BRIDGE Energy Group and BC Hydro had to say about avoiding the pitfalls of integrating AMI and OMS. You will also learn about the tactics that help ensure success and the benefits of integration.