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Really? Power New York 100% with renewables?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:05
Whether you believe renewables can power the world or see the very idea as some crazed fantasy, supporters continue relentlessly with their campaign to bring more and more renewable power online. They’re just scaling it down a bit. Read the story to learn about just such an effort to make New York all-renewables powered by 2030.

Net metering controversy: How to calculate the true value of solar

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:59
The rooftop solar-net metering battle roars on but there is an effort underway in Minnesota to come up with a method that will establish a fair value for customer-provided solar power. With any luck at all, it could give a nudge toward a sorely needed consensus. Click for details.

The 3 most important words for 2014 plus 24 more (Hint: "as-a-service")

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:33
A very engaging list of 25 game-changing trends has been released that should very much interest utilities. Why? Because many of the trends, diverse as they are, closely relate to utility operations – and because they offer clear indicators of what customers are coming to expect from their energy providers.

Top 10 U.S. hotspots for electric vehicles

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:32
EVs probably won’t be a threat to utilities or the electric grid for several years in most parts of the country. But there are cities where the concentration of EVs is reaching the point where utilities will need to keep a close watch on the numbers in case they have to accommodate additional load. Click to find out where the hotspots are.

Restoration best practices from IEEE

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:26
The frequency of superstorms and the catastrophic damage and outages that follow have become far more common in recent years than in the past. IEEE has published a collection of articles that explain best practices in power restoration that utility professionals should scan, particularly if they’re located in storm-prone areas.

Smart grid security: Are wireless networks our weakest link?

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:02
Wireless networks have been identified as the grid’s weakest link. We’re not so sure that’s the case, but wanted to share why researchers reached that conclusion. Here’s a clue: it’s not so much the networks themselves as it is the people running them.

Is Big Data the Next Next Thing?

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 16:06
What’s the Next Next Thing? It’s that development, concept, technology or something else that could mean a major shift in the evolution of smart grid within the next few years. And it’s just over the horizon where we can’t quite see it yet. We asked knowledgeable industry professionals to share their insights on what the Next Next Thing might be and why. We’re kicking off the series with their takes on Big Data.

Time for another look? Signs that conservation voltage reduction will finally take off

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:25
Conservation voltage reduction has largely been in stall mode over the last 10 years or so. But that may soon be old news now that equipment costs have dropped and some utilities are discovering ways to cost-justify the expense. And a startup’s success in the field may get even more utilities interested.

The overlooked success factor: Alstom Grid cited for its M&A prowess

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:18
Alstom Grid has picked up a reputation for knowing not only how to find the right companies to acquire, but also how to integrate them successfully and smoothly. Click for more on what makes the company’s acquisition strategy work.

Smart grid wins: a quick look at new projects

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:10
Read about Trina Solar’s installations in China, ABB’s transmission project in Poland and Cape Wind’s new agreement with Siemens to provide turbines for the first U.S. offshore wind farm. There’s more where that came from in this week’s roundup of smart grid wins.

One more reason to close down your coal plants: the EPA's Section 316(b) rule

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:29
EPA is expected to release new requirements for cooling water intake that will have an impact on many power plants around the country. Under the new rules, which should be coming early this year, utilities will need to integrate the best technology available to minimize environmental impact.

The utility of 2020 will be an energy concierge, NYU students predict

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:15
The winning team in a competition hosted by consulting firm DEFG at New York University expects to see utilities offering customers a variety of new technologies and services as soon as 2020. Click for more on what the NYU students expect to see from utilities in just a few short years.

Revisiting the 10 top home energy trends for 2013

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:46
About a year ago, guest author Louis Szablya shared his predictions for the 10 most important home energy developments we could expect to see in 2013. Now, he’s back with a report card on how he fared with those predictions.

Yet another fear for the utility future: New motor standards may cut demand even further

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:51
A rule has been proposed to require strict efficiency standards for electric motors. It’s good news for the businesses that will save money from enhanced energy efficiency and good for the environment. But unless utilities can find a new business model that doesn’t depend on selling more power every year, it may not be good news for them.

Why smart wires should be part of your smart grid

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:44
With power demand at a low point, many utilities are none too eager to sink money into new transmission projects. But what if they didn’t have to? What if they could push more power into an area through existing lines? Read the story for details on the technology that could make that possible.

Want to influence consumers? Use a stacking strategy says ACEEE

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:37
Getting customers interested in saving energy has never been an easy task, even though energy efficiency can save them money without a lot of effort. Now ACEEE offers a three-pronged approach that could help utilities change customer behavior. Click for a summary and a link to ACEEE’s new field guide.

Top SGN stories of the year: What you were reading in 2013

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 17:31
Looking back at the year as it comes to a close is a familiar holiday tradition. For those of us involved in smart grid, it’s an excellent way to recap how far we’ve come, where we fell short and what remains to be done. The most widely read Smart Grid News stories of 2013 offer a good summary of where we were and a glimpse of where we need to go.

Third party ownership in energy storage: the scaling of downstream storage

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:38
Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains the ins and outs of the third party-financed energy storage systems market. And it’s an interesting look at the four companies that seem to be the top performers in that growing market today.

Massachusetts to utilities: Thou SHALT modernize! (We'll reward you for it)

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:29
Massachusetts regulators have ordered utilities there come up with grid modernization plans, and not just any plan. Those plans must include provisions for smart meters. Click to learn more about this positive development.

Smart grid wins: from AMI and Big Data to DR and more

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:16
This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes projects, financing and more from companies both familiar and not so familiar. Read about the new AMI and smart grid services project with Itron and Tantalus and other recent smart grid developments.