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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Newton-Evans Market Trends Digest addresses findings and developments in a variety of energy industry sectors and markets, including a discussion of Alstom’s acquisition of substation automation and integration company ASAT.
It’s not likely a big surprise that Europe won’t meet its mandated target of 80% smart meter penetration by 2020, at least in part because of Germany’s shunning of the advanced meters. But still, Europe is expected to hit high enough numbers for a very respectable compound annual growth rate, according to Berg Insight.
As SGN readers know, we’re not sold on vehicle-to-grid but vehicle-to-building is an entirely different story. Click for details on what Nissan is doing to thoroughly test the concept. A lot of energy storage will be needed in the future. It’s possible some of that storage will come in the form of electric vehicles.
It really is a mixed bag of smart grid wins with wind, water, transmission and other projects. And we’ve got the scoop on lots of awards and recognitions from the likes of Itron, The Bonneville Power Administration, Tollgrade Communications and Silicon Valley Power.
In this latest installment of our ultimate guide to AMI, Bob Ritchie of Elster details the enormous opportunity utilities have to turn the colossal amounts of data they are amassing into actionable (and profitable) business intelligence. Click for his advice on leveraging data analytics for both tactical and strategic advantage.
DOE has launched a new program to help building owners do a better job of measuring their facilities’ energy efficiency, and do it more easily. Read the story about the Energy Data Accelerator Program and download a two-page explainer. The paper is a quick read, but it says a lot.
It’s that time of year again, time for a cornucopia of predictions about what’s to come. IDC Energy Insight’s 10 predictions for what utilities can expect in 2014 probably won’t surprise our readers. But they do serve as a good reminder of the challenges ahead.
For a period of 90 hours, Denmark’s wind farms pumped out more power than the country needed during late October, peaking at 122%. And Germany’s wind farms generated 59% of the country’s power earlier the same month. Click for details.
An algorithmic approach to prevent cascading blackouts shows a lot of promise. The method developed by a UC Santa Barbara professor and others monitors the entire grid for early signs of failure and does it in real time. Considering the massive losses major outages cause, this will be an exciting development to follow.
Rural electric cooperatives may not have gotten the huge bucks when the stimulus money was being distributed, but they’re not doing badly at all now. They have received sizable grants and loan guarantees recently, and the Agriculture Department has announced another almost $2 billion for rural energy infrastructure projects.
Yes, there has been a lot of conversation about the transition from distribution management systems to advanced distribution management systems, but not much in the way of real examples. In this story, two guest authors dig into a case study from ADMS pioneer Austin Energy.