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The next phase of the smart grid is... streetlights?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:51
Silver Spring Networks isn’t the only smart grid heavyweight to expand its horizons, but it is certainly making serious moves to establish itself as a major figure in the Internet of Things. In addition to its venture in smart street lighting, the company is delving into several other sectors. Click to learn more.

What to do when you have TOO MUCH solar power (think inverters)

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 18:24
Earlier in the solar power boom, utilities pleaded for smart solar inverters to help them deal with integrating the intermittent source of energy. Now there are several flavors to choose from. We take a look at two examples.

EPA’s carbon rule sets off bitter fight before it even exists

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 18:13
The Obama administration will propose new rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants next week. It will certainly be challenged legally and in other ways, but the battle over the rules has already begun. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy explains.

Smart grid wins: Defense Department solves a transmission line issue and much more

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 18:00
Transmission, renewable energy, smart water management systems, energy storage and energy efficiency projects and developments. They’re all a part of this week’s smart grid wins. Click to read about a variety of interesting projects here and abroad.

Solid growth expected in several smart grid markets

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:57
Current market research reports have good things to say about renewable energy, building energy management systems, smart grid as a service and other smart grid sectors. The reports were selected at random and don’t reflect on all smart grid markets. But they’re still encouraging.

Demand response backlash? Court deals blow to FERC and other DR friends

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:40
Demand response supporters were badly shaken by a recent court decision. A FERC rule requiring that power users who cut demand were to be paid the same as providers who increased supply was struck down by a U.S. appeals court. Click to learn more about the decision and read some of the reactions.

Utilities: If you think solar rooftops are a pain, wait until solar streets get here

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:26
The controversy over rooftop solar and the challenges intermittent power sources present for utilities is far from over. But it might be time to make room for another: solar roads have reached the second prototype phase. Read on for details.

Grid security: Why it may be safer to switch our control centers to the cloud

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 17:11
A lot of utility professionals may scoff at the thought of moving control center functions to the cloud, but one group of researchers believes it could be a way to protect critical systems and keep the electric grid up and running. Take a look at our brief summary to find out why.

Proof that demand response is all grown up now

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:58
Demand response has become a critical part of the smart grid initiative, and appears to be coming into its own. Guest contributor Phil Davis offers a status report on today’s DR and how and where its applications have expanded. Along the way, he dispels common misconceptions and addresses the next steps in enabling integrated DR.

Where to look for smart grid leadership? Try China

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:43
For the first time, China’s spending on smart grid last year topped U.S. investments. While spending in the U.S. fell by a third, China spent $4.3 billion and plans to spend $100 billion over the next 10 years on power distribution system upgrades. Click for details on the country’s extremely ambitious smart grid plans.

Why utilities should be emphasizing resiliency (and technologies that can help)

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:17
Threats to grid infrastructure are growing: from cyber attacks and natural disasters to obsolescence and retirements of key personnel. And utility reputations are suffering for it. Click for highlights from a recent workshop that offer guidance to utilities looking for ways to answer the calls for better grid resiliency.

The 4 phases of customer engagement (many utilities are stuck at #1)

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:03
As utility professionals know, getting customer engagement right has been a major challenge, particularly at a time when customer expectations and demands are changing so quickly. Read the story for some helpful insights on how to communicate effectively with them.

The real reason for grid divorce? It's not cost reduction or green energy

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:54
Grid divorce isn’t a new concept, but it has been attracting a lot of attention recently. While a lot of the discussion about customer-owned power plants has focused on cutting costs or the desire for greener energy, there is a more compelling reason why some customers choose to go off-grid. SGN Chief Analyst Jesse Berst shares his thoughts.

A busy week for smart grid wins: new projects, an acquisition and honors

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:54
There’s quite a lot in this week’s smart grid wins roundup. Click to read about Landis+Gyr’s acquisition of PowerSense, Silver Spring Networks’ new partnership, an award for BitStew Systems, a major solar installation on tribal lands and a variety of interesting smart grid projects.

Want real-time demand response? Look to commercial and industrial SCADA

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:44
Guest contributor Adam Todorski of Demansys makes the case that the technology and opportunities are available today to connect the elements needed for commercial and industrial loads to take part in real-time demand response programs, and to successfully predict and manage them. He explains why inside.

San Francisco turns to smart water meters during drought

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:34
California is in its third year of extremely dry conditions and the continuing drought is taking a severe toll on the state’s water resources. Read about San Francisco’s deployment of smart water meters and online technology to help residents conserve precious water.

6 questions to determine if you really understand utility analytics

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:12
The Big Data revolution has had quite an impact on analytics because of its size and scope. And that means keeping up with a more complex and challenging environment. Read the story to find out if you’re up to speed on the current state of analytics.

Take a look: new smart grid technology products that just might interest you

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:02
The vendors and developers that provide smart grid hardware and software are constantly tweaking and enhancing existing products or creating new ones to meet current needs. Click for a sampling of some of those new and enhanced products. It’s quite a variety, from demand response apps to high-speed wireless networking solutions.

When utilities fight back: PNM argues with renewables-uber-alles proponents

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:55
Public Service Company of New Mexico’s CEO recently responded to environmentalists that want the utility to commit to more renewable energy: yes, PNM does support renewables, but not at any cost and not if it threatens grid reliability. You may or may not agree with the position, but it is encouraging to see a utility speak out and explain its side of the story.

More trouble for the fuel cell market: ClearEdge Power files for bankruptcy

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:06
As Cosmin Laslau of Lux Research makes clear, the fuel cell market is a very rough place for development companies to survive. Citing the bankruptcy filing of developer ClearEdge Power and the missteps that led to it, he warns that more bankruptcies and consolidations are coming and that fuel cell companies and investors should be extremely cautious.