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Why utilities MUST take on EV charging themselves (and the right way to do it)

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:46
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.

NERC wimps out, passes toothless grid security regulations

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 16:40
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.

Integrating AMI and OMS: webinar replays and presentation materials

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:34
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.

Reforming the Energy Vision

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:14
This publication is a New York Public Service Commission staff report and proposal for reconsidering the role of distribution utilities in improving energy efficiency and distributed energy resources deployment. It also recommends changes in the regulatory structure to help the state achieve its energy policy objectives.

SGN Webinar - Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 19:51
This BRIDGE Energy Group webinar hosted by Smart Grid News focuses on integrating advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and outage management systems (OMS). Topics include an overview, the benefits of integration, tactics to employ and lessons learned.

Investment and acquisition opportunities picking up in off-grid power services

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:53
Recent investments in off-grid power services suggest attitudes about the market’s profitability are changing for the better. Dean Frankel of Lux Research shares examples of some of the activity in the market, who is involved and what the impact could be.

Investment and acquisition opportunities picking up in off-grid power services

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:53
Recent investments in off-grid power services suggest attitudes about the market’s profitability are changing for the better. Dean Frankel of Lux Research shares examples of some of the activity in the market, who is involved and what the impact could be.

A "perfect storm" that's good news. (Falling prices on comms and sensing)

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:52
Prices for sensors such as distribution transformer monitors have dropped dramatically over time, enough to suggest that utilities rethink their grid monitoring plans. They may be able to afford more than they think to improve their systems’ reliability and performance.

Three questions to answer after the Opower IPO (from a competitor)

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:46
Opower’s initial public offering rightly attracted a lot of attention in the energy industry. We thought you would be interested in some thoughts and concerns from a competitor on how going public could affect the company’s prospects.

Smart grid wins: Good news for GE, Trilliant, Survalent Technology and more

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:36
Check out this week’s successes for Survalent Technology and RGS Energy as well as new agreements and partnerships for Trilliant, Plug Power and more smart grid companies. Also, read about new certifications for GE’s Digital Energy business and smart thermostat maker ecobee.

Britain: So what if solar is bankrupting Germany? Bring it on!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:46
The United Kingdom has announced its first strategy dedicated to solar and it is an ambitious one. Unfortunately, supporters of the plan seem to be ignoring the disastrous results of that approach elsewhere in Europe. And its potential for destabilizing the grid is far from the only concern.

When utilities fight back: PSEG to New Jersey regulators: If you're so smart, you fix it!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:39
The CEO of New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is exasperated with regulators and he’s not shy about saying so. Why? He’s having a hard time understanding why they have not approved the utility’s $3.9 billion grid hardening proposal, most of which would be used to strengthen facilities damaged by recent storms. Click for details.

The cost of a smart grid? In Illinois, it's $3 per customer per month

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:49
ComEd has filed a proposal for a rate increase to recover initial investments in its ambitious grid modernization effort. If your utility is considering rate adjustments, it would be well worth the time to read how ComEd presents its program and communicates its benefits.

The top 3 U.S. utilities for Twitter and mobile apps. (Would you have guessed Memphis?)

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:41
A new report ranks utilities according to their ability to use social media and create compelling mobile applications. It also underscores the need for utilities to get up to speed with social media if they hope to communicate effectively with their customers.

Solyndra be damned: DOE plans massive loan program for renewables

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:24
Many industry observers may have thought the DOE loan program was quietly scuttled after Solyndra, which received a federal loan guarantee, went bankrupt. But the program is back in business with new loans expected as soon as year end. Get the details inside.

Lessons learned from North America's top smart grid

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:15
Chattanooga’s smart grid has been widely hailed as North America’s most robust. Ever wonder how they did it? Guest authors from Chattanooga utility EPB and Schneider Electric share the details of the initiative’s continuing success, and include helpful advice and lessons learned along the way.

The future of energy storage in Europe. (Subsidies? A boom in Germany?)

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:39
A European conference revealed a growing interest in energy storage for several reasons, including to help boost the adoption of solar power, and new regulations to make energy storage less difficult and expensive. And it also indicated that some observers in the region expect an energy storage boom in Germany.

Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:29
NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel offers several useful resources to help utilities respond to the increasing number of cyber threats they face. Among them are a cybersecurity users guide and a webinar coming up later this week. Read on to get the details.

Smart meter backlash is "mass hysteria." (And it's catching on everywhere.)

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:17
Earlier, Smart Grid News described the continuing anti-smart meter backlash as the story that won’t go away. Unfortunately, the description remains accurate. Click to read about several examples of current smart meter backlash in the U.S. and Canada.

Utility CIOs: How you stack up against other industries

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:22
PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the results of a worldwide survey conducted with CIOs from several different industries. It’s interesting because it reveals how utility CIOs see themselves and how their thinking compares with counterparts in other industries. And you can learn how to raise your Digital IQ.