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“Unprecedented” and “groundbreaking” are two words often used to describe the California Public Utility Commission’s recently proposed mandate for energy storage. But what does it entail, and how would it work? Ice Energy’s Mike Hopkins answers those questions.
Germany has put the brakes on smart meters (at least for now), but Denmark is doing just the opposite. If approved, an executive order will require power companies to install smart meters in all Danish homes by 2020.
Smart grid pioneer and author Mani Vadari continues his Smart Grid 101 series of articles with an explanation of how the smart grid is changing utility system operations, what those changes are and where they’re coming from.
It’s not quite everything you ever wanted to know about the smart grid market, but our collection of research reports offers insights into current thinking on where the sector is heading. And yes, there are some surprises among the forecasts and predictions.
Alarming news stories reporting a quickly growing number of cybersecurity threats have become commonplace. Now the Energy Department is investing millions for security vendors to come up with improved protection against such attacks. Hint: those vendors will be on the lookout for utilities to work with when they’re ready to test their new wares.
Smart water projects are no longer on the back burner as readers have likely seen reported in Smart Grid News and other sources. There is more and more evidence confirming both the need for water modernization and how economically compelling those projects can be. Click inside for details.
So far, the effort to smarten up the grid has focused on smart meters and substation automation and those have brought smart grids closer to reality. But guest author Alan Snook says another critical element is needed. He offers insights into the underreported but important emergence of distribution transformer monitoring and how it can be done without breaking the bank.
Getting customers on board with the smart grid initiative is just as critical as the technologies, products and services that make it possible. A recent survey from Canada suggests simple education is the best way to really get customers involved. We’re skeptical about some of the survey results, but the key finding makes sense.
This IEE issue brief describes how a DG customer (or a microgrid) that is connected to the host utility’s distribution system 24/7 utilizes grid services on a continuous, ongoing basis. The point is to recognize the value of these grid services and to develop a methodology for the DG customer to pay for using the services.
This paper explores recent claims by California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) that the state’s net energy metering (NEM) policy causes substantial cost shifts between energy customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other non-solar customers, particularly in the residential market. We conclude that the utilities’ concerns with the impacts of NEM on nonparticipating ratepayers are unfounded.
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) may not get as much attention as some smart grid organizations but it has an extremely important responsibility, one it takes on essentially alone. Now is a good time to check in see and what this important standards group has been up to lately.
Security expert and Smart Grid News contributor Andy Bochman came across an unusual and unexpected way to boost cybersecurity awareness and interest among utility boards of directors. We won’t quite give the punchline away here, but Andy will inside.
This was a busy week for smart grid wins with projects in the U.S., Latin America and Africa. And this installment also includes interesting partnerships and a milestone.
A collaboration between Washington State University and Avista Utilities offers some good lessons on how load shedding can be implemented to reduce power demand during sudden dips in renewable energy generation. It appears that WSU is on its way to becoming the region’s first smart grid campus.
In the third installment of his Smart Grid 101 series, smart grid pioneer Mani Vadari identifies and explains the key drivers behind the initiative to find practical ways to meet a growing demand for power, as well as meet higher customer expectations.
The city of Chattanooga has been in the headlines before because of its very successful smart grid program. It’s also a very good example of how other utilities planning grid modernization could finance those projects – and give their customers a valuable bonus.
Buying an AMI system is very complex and has dozens if not hundreds of considerations. Jeff Richardson of Elster can help get you started with the meter piece of the equation. Click for 22 questions about the meter he suggests you include as part of your overall assessment before you buy. They are certainly not all of the questions you need to ask, but ones you might not have considered.
When a new home energy management service or device comes along, we typically write about what it does and whether it may or may not catch on with customers. But we rarely get to share a user response, let alone one from a top power engineer who has one (OK, two) in his home.
Grid divorce, bailing out of the electric grid in favor of self-sufficiency, is huge in Japan and largely a response to the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. While it’s not something utilities in the U.S. and Europe lose sleep over, there is growing evidence they should be concerned.
Utilities generally know of Big Data and the opportunities it offers. But most don’t know where or how to start taking advantage of its benefits. One of the most practical approaches? Learn from experts who have already done it. Click inside for details.