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Italy's Enel continues to trail blaze (this time with storage and analytics)

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:58
While it’s always smart to watch the pioneers and trail blazers in the industry, sometimes we don’t look far enough for valuable lessons and inspiration. Italy’s Enel Group, a highly-ranked utility with operations in 40 countries in Europe and Latin America, is a prime example.

Smart Grid Events and Smart Grid Conferences

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:30
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.

Why some insurers are dumping utilities. And how "the convergence of all things security" can help

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:44
Utilities already have enough challenges and problems to deal with, and now they have another one: some insurance companies refuse to insure them against cyberattacks. Three security experts from IBM share their insights on that development and what it will take to develop a truly secure grid.

Damned if you do department: Senators chasing those who reveal grid vulnerabilities

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:37
Utilities have been pushed to share more about their grid vulnerabilities over the years to stay ahead of threats. But now two U.S. Senators are calling for an investigation into a leak involving sensitive FERC information on possible grid weaknesses. They’re alarmed at the possible consequences if that information should fall into the wrong hands and do not want it shared.

Why Opower's IPO is so important to all of us

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:30
When Opower launched its IPO on April 4, share prices jumped during the first day of trading. While that’s certainly great news for Opower and the home energy management sector, it’s also very good news for the industry overall. Click for details and what the IPO could mean for the industry’s future.

SGN Lessons from the Real World Webinar Archives

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:05
Click inside for instant access to replays and slide decks from all of our previous smart grid webinars:
- Forget about Big Data! (Start with small data)
- End-to-End Asset Health
- Best Practices in IT/OT Convergence
- Data Analytics: How BGE is Benefiting from AMI Data
- Cellular's Role in Smart Grids
- Full-Circle Customer Engagement: Why, When and How
- Success Secrets of OG&E's Smart Grid Deployment
- Customer Engagement with IHDs
- Breakthrough Techniques for Engaging Electric Power Consumers
- Behavioral Science for Persistent Customer Engagement
- Path to an Integrated Network Operating Center
- Science of Customer Engagement
- The Path to Advanced Asset Management
- Comparing Cellular with Other Comm Technologies
- Hard Won Wisdom for Smart Meter Deployments
- Breakthrough Best Practices for Merging IT and OT
- Meter Data Management Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)
- Smart Grid Security - How to Protect New and Legacy Equipment
- Achieving the Ultimate Communications Network
- Next Generation Asset Management
- Making the Business Case for Smart Meters
- Secrets of Customer Adoption
- High Performance in Talent and Organizations
- High Performance in Data Management - From Overload to Insights

Forget about Big Data: webinar replays and presentation materials

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:22
Want to get your utility started down the data analytics path – but not ready to commit to a platform and the enterprise-class software that goes with it? Click to watch replays from SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy explained why a start-small approach can make a lot of sense.

Forget about Big Data webinar slide deck

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:01
Download the presentation materials used in SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy discussed advantages of a smart small approach to data analytics.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:59
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

Scientific American: Utilities are conducting a "propaganda war" against solar

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:47
There’s no shortage of news about conflicts between the rooftop solar industry and electric utilities. According to a recent Scientific American article, the rooftop solar industry and utilities are at war… and predicts utilities are losing. Click for details.

Download this report: Learnings from the largest smart grid test bed

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:36
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the country’s largest, has released its 2013 annual report. Catch up on news of the project’s microgrid and lessons participants learned during their work in other areas, including transactive energy, wind forecasting, energy management and Big Data.

A low-cost way to make grid communications more resilient: traffic duplication

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:29
As it is in other areas of the smart grid sector, the chore of supporting legacy equipment while making the transition to next-generation communications is a difficult one. Motty Anavi explains how utilities can not only continue to use their legacy equipment as they migrate to newer technology, but also improve resiliency.

For utilities, banks, and other critical infrastructure providers, Y2K arrives April 8 2014

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:12
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. While the announcement was made years ago, the very tough challenges for utilities and others working with critical infrastructure are no less real. Guest contributors Stuart McCafferty and Andy Bochman offer a detailed account of those challenges as well as ways to mitigate them.

What Homeland Security wants utilities to know and do

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:02
Physical and cybersecurity are attracting a lot of scrutiny from inside and outside the energy industry… from agencies like NERC, members of Congress and now, the Department of Homeland Security. Click to read a Q&A with a Homeland Security official on the agency’s revised National Infrastructure Protection Plan and its recommendations.

More investment dollars for energy storage, but early funding still lacking

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:56
Strategic investors are good for energy storage startups, but they don’t necessarily reduce the risk of failure. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains that while the energy storage market is growing, more funding for applied research and technology development is needed.

U.S. Senators want to pay utilities to engage with customers

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:48
A bill has been introduced to offer incentives for utilities that give customers more information on their energy use. Introduced by two Democratic senators, there is little chance it will pass in a Republican-heavy House. Still, it’s good to see at least some legislators take a positive stance on how they work with utilities.

Ouch! Minnesota's net metering formula may distress utilities

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:25
Minnesota’s effort to develop a fair way to determine the value of solar energy with a new net metering formula may not sit all that well with utilities, particularly if they were expecting it to increase the worth of their grid services. Click for details on the state’s new formula and what the outcome could be.

The coming boom in smart buildings (and why utilities should care)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:55
A report from IDC Energy Insights says the smart building sector is set to take off and that the market will triple in just a few years. Since smart building systems usually cut power usage by 20%, utilities might want to reconsider their load growth forecasts – and also take advantage of the opportunities that market growth will bring.

Will the Feds take over grid security?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:43
Electric utilities have taken a lot of flak for not doing enough to protect the grid. Now, two U.S. congressmen have introduced legislation to give the federal government a larger role in policing the electric power industry. Unless the industry moves quickly and effectively to confront security issues, regulations eventually will come from outside.

4 keys to greater resiliency (#4 is most important)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:34
The devastating series of storms that swept through many parts of the country focused attention on the need to minimize the damage they cause. With the steady advances in data analytics and improved weather data, the time is coming when we can predict the location and severity of storms. And that will be a welcome and valuable addition to the storm damage mitigation toolbox.