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Critics, whether from the energy industry, the news media or elsewhere, have publicized allegations against the smart grid modernization effort based on inaccurate or misleading information, not to mention outlandish conspiracy theories. We share several resources to help you counter the critics with facts and talking points on the very real benefits of smart grids.
Germany’s full speed ahead approach to renewable energy adoption has been alarming observers for a long time. They worry about the strain high concentrations of wind, solar and other renewables will bring to the grid. Finally, the country is studying that critical issue to decide what changes need to be made.
The number of utilities exploring dynamic pricing is growing, and now they can take advantage of the experiences of others before making a decision. A case study from the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid and utility PG&E offers an inside look and lots of lessons.
As the smart grid evolves, it will bring changes we can't even envision today. But Elster's Michael Johnson argues one change we are guaranteed to see is a transformation of day-to-day operations and the rise of "super-user" employees. Read how meter data and new workflow solutions will make it all happen. And how you can get started down this path easily and safely.
Trying to fully understand the smart grid is, as most know, complicated. It requires knowledge of not only the electric power system but also the major players and what they do. Smart grid pioneer and acknowledged expert Mani Vadari provides us with an excellent short course on the subject.
Greenpeace plans to build a solar-powered microgrid in a small Indian village as part of a larger effort to nudge the state of Bihar to adopt decentralized clean energy. The village had electricity at one time, but lost its grid connection. It’s an interesting approach that combines energy and politics.
This week’s roundup features a varied collection of smart grid wins: from a new demand response partnership to offshore wind energy, an indoor transmission substation for the Rio de Janeiro stadium that will hold the 2014 FIFA World Cup and DNV KEMA’s new Asian Centre of Excellence in Singapore. Plus, the 10 utilities recognized for their economic development work.
The energy shortage is most acute among India’s rural poor and in states such as Bihar, where more than 80% of the population still live in the rural areas; the majority of them still rely on conventional and traditional fuels for their energy needs. This report shows how microgrids could be a useful concept for accelerating current rural electrification efforts, support renewable energy integration into energy systems, and create a reliable electricity system.
A British market researcher is predicting that Germany will initiate a subsidy to boost solar PV energy storage, much as it did with its feed-in-tariffs for the PV industry eight years ago. He shares his thinking on what we should expect from the industry over the next few years.
Frost & Sullivan expects the smart city market to climb to $3.3 trillion by 2025, and there’s more good news for the sector than the numbers. Click inside for additional developments and trends.
Utilities deal with asset management all the time, but some may not realize how important a comprehensive asset management system can be in detecting vulnerabilities, preparing for extreme weather and controlling costs. Three experts outline how valuable a fully-integrated system can be and the long-term benefits it can provide.
Smart grid technologies for the home, specifically smart meters and home area networks, have been slow to catch on, and a recent article from the National Electrical Contractors Association places most of the blame on lack of education. But the article also provides a solution: introductory information utilities can use to let customers know what the technologies are, how they work and maybe get them on board.
The net metering battle between electric utilities and the solar power industry has been generating a surprising amount of conflict and headaches. So it’s refreshing to hear a call for calm, rational, well-thought out decisions. And even more heartening that the call is coming from the Solar Electric Power Association.
The EU energy sector is going through massive and disruptive changes, caused by the rapid acceleration of renewable energy deployment, decentralization, the growth of the smart grid and retail competition. Those changes are rattling Europe’s utilities so hard they must now undergo major transformations if they are to survive. Read the story to understand why.
Why should you care what Denmark is doing with its electric power system? Yes, the country is more willing to take risks with technologies North American utilities are likely to back away from. But there’s more than that to the country’s approach. And a lot to learn. Click inside for the complete story.
Grid reliability and resiliency became a huge issue in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and other recent disastrous superstorms (and escalating cyber attacks). Erich Gunther of EnerNex shares the strategy behind California’s local energy assurance plans initiative to ensure a tougher grid and more reliable energy supply.
Considering the daily challenges utilities face, developing an asset health management system may not be at the top of the to-do list. But most utilities already have the information they need. Read the story to learn about a strategic approach to asset health management, and register for a free upcoming webinar to get even more insights from the experts.
Utilities once relied on customer calls to learn about power outages - and guesswork to find them. Today's outage management, volt-VAR and other DA technologies have vastly improved that scenario. But it can be even better. Read why Elster's Michael Johnson says they represent only one small step toward the better future that awaits utilities and their customers - and what utilities need to do to capitalize on tomorrow's possibilities.
Water system managers deal with serious challenges like old infrastructure and increasing demand. It’s certainly not easy, but one city is making it look that way. Neil Strother of Navigant Research takes a detailed look at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s strategy for leaping over the hurdles.
Motley Fool is a popular site for investment guidance, and a recent piece offered three choices for recommended utility stocks. We provide a quick overview and a link to the complete post.