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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.

Will New York be next to mandate energy storage? (And will your state be next?)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 19:01
New York has been making very ambitious, aggressive moves to renew and strengthen its electric grid, and it looks like much of the focus (and money) is on energy storage. Could the state become the second, after California, to mandate energy storage targets for utilities?

New report: 2014 could be a good year for improving consumer awareness

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:52
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has published its latest report on consumer awareness and perception of smart grid and its benefits. While consumer attitudes have not changed much over the past few years, the report suggests reason for optimism in 2014.

Welcome to the app wars! We have another app store for utilities (this time from Cisco)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:40
The app store for utilities market may be filling in a bit. Earlier, we shared the details of the new offering from Silver Spring Networks. Now we take a look at a different approach from Cisco. While they are very different, we see them both as good options. Click for details.

It’s Day Two: Get the latest news from DistribuTECH

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:28
There’s more news from day two of DistribuTECH. Read the latest from Sentient Energy, EnerNOC, GE Digital Energy and more. And check out the two prestigious utility industry awards won by Florida Power & Light.

Revisit our webinar on engaging small commercial customers

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:37
If you missed or would like to review the materials used in our Dec. 12, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar on engaging small commercial utility customers, click for links to the presentation deck, webinar recording and a related infographic series. The webinar featured experts from Pulse Energy, PG&E and ACEEE and was moderated by SGN Chief Analyst Jesse Berst.

See answers to webinar questions about engaging small commercial customers

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:01
There were many great questions asked in SGN's Dec. 12, 2013 webinar on the science of engaging a utility's small commercial customers. So many that our experts couldn't answer them all during the webinar so they have provided their responses here.

Cold weather forcing utilities to take desperate measures

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:03
At a time when we’re getting acquainted with phrases like “polar vortex” and trying to live with severe cold weather, utilities across the country are working extremely hard to deal with the spike in electricity demand. Click to read some scenarios that describe what utilities are doing.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Three -- Multi-customer microgrids

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:55
Next up in our series on electric power’s five biggest challenges: enhanced reliability through multi-customer microgrids. Guest authors Steve Hauser of New West Technologies and Becky Harrison of GridWise Alliance offer an interesting discussion of this evolving technology and others.

Couldn’t make it this time? Read our dispatches from DistribuTECH

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:44
DistribuTECH is in full swing at San Antonio’s Gonzalez Convention Center this week, so Smart Grid News will be reporting on news and announcements as they are released throughout the week. If you couldn’t attend this year, then our coverage may be the next best thing.

Market research roundup: forecasting the smart grid future

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:50
Smart Grid News has streamlined its market research reports roundup to make it more convenient for readers to quickly scan and find the topics that interest them most. Click to check the latest forecasts from the analysts on what we can expect to see in the near future for smart grid.

Now we have proof. Utility transformation is at the tipping point

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:41
Itron has released the eye-opening results of a survey that includes utility executives and consumers, and it makes some very clear points about the immediate need for major changes in the utility business model. It’s a very interesting read and the level of consensus is surprising.

Finally -- an app store for utilities (from Silver Spring Networks)

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:27
An app-store for utilities? A great idea but very challenging to develop. In a big departure from business as usual, Silver Spring Networks has launched its SilverLink Sensor Network… and it may have hurdled those challenges. Click for details on what the new offering is and what it does.

Smart Grid Companies to Watch: Time to vote for the final 14!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:04
We’re down to the top 25 semi-finalists in the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Now it’s time for the final round and time to vote for the company you think has what it takes to be a smart grid superstar. The polls will be open until midnight Sunday Pacific time, February 2.

2014 Top 25 Flyer

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:27
If you're one of the 25 finalists for our 2014 Smart Grid Companies to Watch competition, we've created a flyer you are welcome to download to post on your website or at your DistribuTech booth, etc. to promote voting.