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The push for energy efficiency already has plenty of steam behind it and it looks like Congress is adding to the momentum. The US House of Representatives has passed a major energy efficiency bill with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, and the Senate appears ready to do the same. Read the story to find out what the impact could be for utilities.
Take a few minutes to read about an array of projects, from transmission and metering to demand response and powerline communications in our smart grid wins roundup. You might also be interested in the Bonneville Power Administration’s call for partners to help develop technologies to improve the Northwest electric power system.
It’s not that utilities don’t care about cybersecurity, but they do have other more pressing issues to worry about, according to a State of the Electric Utility report. Click to find out what issues and challenges concern utility professionals most, and where they see major opportunities.
Managed services have been catching on with utility executives who realize they don’t need to make major investments in a data center and expert staff when they can hire a company to provide the computing power and expertise they want. With Itron’s announcement of its AMI and other managed services package, utilities now have another option to consider.
The looming skills gap in the smart grid workforce has generated several innovations to provide the trained, qualified employees the energy industry depends on. Read the story for details on Ice Energy’s partnership with a California college to train students in thermal energy storage and HVAC refrigeration.
Industry events and conferences can help you stay on top of industry trends and technologies and make important contacts. Our calendar is loaded with upcoming events, with links for further details. And be sure to jump to page 2, where you can see the conferences Smart Grid News Chief Analyst Jesse Berst will be attending.
Cybersecurity threats are escalating to the point where reports of new attacks are coming almost daily. Fortunately, efforts to combat cyber attacks are growing too. A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center calls for a number of policy changes and new approaches utilities should know about. Click to learn more and to download the complete report.
Chattanooga, home to one of America’s most robust smart grids, is inviting entrepreneurs to take advantage of its incubator program on smart grid innovation. The program offers funding access, grid information, suppliers and more. But you’d better hurry. The first round of applications closes March 14.
Automated demand response (ADR) has attracted a lot of buzz and smart grid companies are jumping on the bandwagon one after another. Read the story to learn more about the growing market and to sign up for the Navigant Research Automated Demand Response webinar scheduled for Tuesday, March 11.
Losses from energy theft run into the hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars annually. And it’s a worldwide problem utilities haven’t pursued because getting the evidence to prosecute thieves is so hard to come by. But guest author Alan Snook says there is now a way to do just that: Distribution Transformer Monitoring. Click to learn about the technology and how utilities can use it to pinpoint theft.
Delays in smart meter deployments have been a part of the AMI sector for years. That makes it intriguing to learn of a utility that wants to speed up its installations… and that has been asked to do so by its regulators. Read the story for the latest development in Commonwealth Edison’s smart grid journey.
So, what is MQTT? Guest author Geoff Brown answers that question and explains why it’s crucial to smart grid interoperability and the integration of M2M and the Internet of Things. He also shares problems and challenges – as well as solutions that can be implemented now.
The electric grid may become optional in some parts of the United States because of three converging trends, says a recently released report. But the much talked about utility “death spiral” could be deferred, and there are ways utilities could latch onto a competitive edge. Click to find out how and why.
Utilities depend on solid relationships with their cybersecurity vendors to keep them up to speed and prepared for the latest threats. Infiniti Research has released a list of what it considers the top eight companies in the cybersecurity field. Click to find out which companies they picked and see if you agree.
Distributed generation and rooftop solar have been two very controversial issues in the electric utility industry. Controversial because of their impact on traditional utility business models, renewable energy integration and more. Would resolving those issues have a significant impact on the smart grid and electric utilities? That’s the topic of this installment in our Next Next Thing article series.
The smart grid sector is a busy one, and this week has been no exception. Read about a vegetable oil-insulated and cooled transformer from Siemens, Plug Power’s multi-site hydrogen fuel cell order, ABB’s substation order from Kuwait and other projects and developments.
If there is such a thing as a quiet explosion, the phrase would accurately describe the growth of low-cost sensors for distribution networks. They’re becoming more widespread, more functional and smarter. Guest author Ashley Walter describes one such technology. Think of it as an example of what’s behind a quickly growing market.
The controversy over net metering has been described variously as a “war” or a “battlefield” with rooftop solar companies and supporters on one side and electric utilities on the other. Clean energy and energy efficiency advocate Brian Keene explains why it’s critical for rooftop solar’s continued success that the two sides come together and work as partners… and that everybody wins.
North American utilities may not like pre-paid power plans, but now would be a very good time for them to reconsider. Why? A new report from consulting firm DEFG EcoAlign says consumer adoption and satisfaction with the plans are growing, to the point that 2014 could be an inflection point for pre-pay. Click for details on the report’s findings.
Utilities have good reason to worry about EVs, as in what could happen to a distribution transformer when several neighbors plug their vehicles in to charge every evening at the same time? University of Vermont researchers have a new proposal to duck that problem by reducing the impact of simultaneous charging. Check out the story to find out what they have in mind.