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How to future-proof your distribution utility -- webinar replays and presentation

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 15:07
Forces in the power industry are converging to make the current utility business model obsolete. In SGN's Jan. 22, 2014 webinar, industry experts from Elster, Black & Veatch and PacifiCorp joined us to discuss an approach that can help utilities survive, perhaps even thrive, during this period of change. Key word: multi-purpose. Click to replay the webinar and download the presentation deck.

Presentation materials from the future-proof your distribution utility webinar

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 14:53
Download the slide deck used in SGN's Jan. 22, 2014 webinar featuring experts from Elster, Black & Veatch and PacifiCorp.

The #1 way to improve storm resilience (it's not about outage management)

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 19:04
Technology isn’t the only way to help ensure grid reliability and minimize power outages. As Doug Houseman of EnerNex points out, sometimes a simple approach is what it takes. He explains why vegetation management is so critical to maintaining reliability.

My, what a busy time of year for smart grid

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 18:51
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features a variety of new projects, developments and recognitions. Click to read about Battelle’s pilot study on using water heaters for grid balancing, consumer engagement company PayGo’s agreement with Georgia Power and more activity in the smart grid sector.

Part Four: The last 10 nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014!

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 17:19
Here they are, the final nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Read the nominations, and don’t forget to use the quick poll to vote for the company you believe should be in the next round. Better hurry though. Voting for this round closes at midnight Sunday, January 26 (PST).

Coal plants may get a reprieve from EPA regulations

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:24
The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed publication of its climate change rules for power plants, a decision some allege is nothing more than political maneuvering. Read the story to learn more about what people are saying about the delay, and what the fallout could be.

The Next Next Thing for distribution grids? Distributed energy storage

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:08
The writers contributing to our Next Next Thing article series have covered a lot of ground: big data, cybersecurity and the disaggregated future for utilities. The next installment focuses on distributed energy storage and how it will ease the transition from a centralized future to a distributed one.

Part Three: Introducing 10 more nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:19
We’re into the third day of nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. So click to read the nominations, and don’t forget to use the quick poll to vote for the company that strikes you as the best qualified candidate to make it into the next round.

The smart grid gets smarter: Here’s what our energy future will look like

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:05
Our Ultimate Guide to AMI series concludes today with a fascinating look at the trends that will shape the future of the electric grid. And as Elster's Ron Pate gazes into his crystal ball, he predicts no part of the grid will undergo more dramatic change in coming years than the distribution side. Find out why - and what else he sees coming that will make today's smart grid smarter than ever.

Puerto Rico mandates energy storage for all new renewable development

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:38
Puerto Rico has mandated minimum requirements for all new renewable energy projects, calling for integration of energy storage systems to ensure power quality and grid stability on the island. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains the unique policy and how it will work.

Why Google’s acquisition of NEST is a wake-up call for utilities

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:23
Several observers have said the recent acquisition of NEST by Google would be bad news for utilities. Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck says, yes, it’s a warning alright… but if utilities are willing to change and go with the flow, and give consumers what they want, it’s an opportunity too. Interested? Click to read what he has to say.

Part Two: Meet 10 more nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
It’s Day Two of the nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. And we have another interesting group, so click to read the nominations then vote for the company you believe is best qualified to make it into the next round.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Two -- Involving customers in grid operations

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:35
Guest authors Steve Hauser, president of management consultancy New West Technologies, and Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance CEO, take a close look at yet another of the electric power industry’s major challenges: getting customers engaged in grid operations. And they ask some interesting questions for readers to ponder.

European Union to drop renewables?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:25
If the headline seems disconcerting, it should. Long considered the leader in mandating renewables integration, the European Union could drastically reduce its renewable energy targets – or drop them altogether. Click to read why, this late in the game, such a dramatic policy change is on the table.

What can we really expect from distribution automation?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:49
We continue our Next Next Thing article series with a deep dive discussion from our expert guest authors on distribution automation. From their comments you’ll see why DA has become such a big part of the smart grid dialogue, and why it will likely have a major influence on the direction of grid modernization.

Part One: Meet the first 10 companies for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:03
It’s time to introduce the first 10 nominees for the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Click to learn how it will work this year, and – most importantly – how to vote! And you will want to hurry: the polls close at midnight Sunday.

New York launches massive grid hardening and modernization effort

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:52
New York’s governor recently unveiled an ambitious $17 billion renewal plan to protect the state’s communities from severe weather, with $1.37 billion to strengthen its electric grid. The grid hardening funds are earmarked for several projects, from moving several hundred miles of primary wires underground to microgrids, intelligent outage management systems and additional work.

Even Bill Gates is betting on energy storage

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:45
Several industry observers and professionals have been saying the tipping point for grid-scale energy storage is coming soon. Need convincing? Storage startup Aquion Energy just completed a $55 million financing round… with Bill Gates as one of the new investors. Click for details.

Japan launches huge rollout of smart meters (and fuel cells too!)

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:39
The Japanese government plans a massive rollout of smart meters and, surprise, fuel cells to 5 million homes. While the plan does have its critics, the Japanese initiative will be worth watching since it could provide some indications for the future here.

Smart grid wins: so many different projects, so many different places

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:26
Our smart grid wins this week are literally all over the map, from Oklahoma to California and from Ecuador to Greece. And a lot of variety too, from SaaS to V2G aggregation, metering, home area networks and voltage optimization.