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The 10 essentials of a great smart grid plan

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:28
Whether utilities are just now embarking on their smart grid initiatives or they have been underway for some time, it’s always smart to consider good advice. While it may sound like a surprising source, click to review best practices recommended by the Environmental Defense Fund’s John Finnigan. His recommendations could be very helpful when it’s time to talk rates with regulators.

Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:23
Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

2015 here we come. Britain maps out its smart meter future

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:26
The UK has updated a long-range plan for its 2015 smart meter rollout. It’s a good story to follow because there could be both lessons and cautions for utilities elsewhere as the project continues. Get the details about the preparations underway and the priorities for ensuring a stable rollout.

The right way to approach Big Data (GE thinks it knows)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:20
Data analytics has been a hot topic for utilities, and GE Digital Energy has invested a lot of time and effort in developing solutions. We had a chance to talk with GE’s general manager for Software Solutions about the company’s approach recently and thought readers would be interested in the results.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Four - Transitioning from central generation to clean energy

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:10
Guest authors Becky Harrison and Steve Hauser are back with the fourth installment of their series on the electric power industry’s five biggest challenges. Click to read their views on the transition from central generation to clean energy, and comment on the questions at the end of the article.

What Aclara's new buyer will get (and why utilities should care)

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:04
The final sale of Aclara is overdue and will likely be announced sometime soon. But that may leave many utility professionals wondering what to expect from the company under new ownership. Click for a quick look at what Aclara is focusing on now and where it is heading.

Google's march to become an energy company

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:18
Google’s acquisition of thermostat company NEST sparked a lot of conversation recently. But that’s not the only reason to pay attention to the search giant’s activities. It looks a lot like Google wants to get into the energy business and, of course, on a large scale.

Utilities: The 9 things to worry about most

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 19:12
Smart Grid News founder and chief analyst Jesse Berst spent a lot of time with a lot of utility professionals at last week’s DistribuTECH. Click to read what they told him were their biggest headaches. Many readers are likely to find some very familiar problems on the list.

Microgrids: The next logical step for the military

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:43
The U.S. military has had a long and well-documented interest in renewable energy to reduce its dependence on the grid. Now guest author Stuart McCafferty provides a detailed account and explanation of what the Department of Defense is doing with microgrids.

The votes are in! Presenting your 14 Smart Grid Companies to Watch

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 18:17
The polls are closed and the results are here for the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014 competition. Click to meet the companies you selected as this year’s smart grid superstars. And a big thank you to all who participated.

A smart meter success story -- more than half of UK customers are saving money

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 18:02
Good news from the UK: more than half of households with smart meters are saving money, and it’s encouraging more customers to latch onto an array of energy efficiency measures. Click for a quick read about this encouraging news.

The experts speak -- Will renewables integration reach a critical level soon?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 17:50
Guest authors contributing to our Next Next Thing article series have tackled a variety of topics, including Big Data, security, disaggregation, DA and distributed energy storage. See what they have to say as they weigh in on the rapidly spreading adoption of renewables and what should be done to accommodate it.

Smart grid sampler: This week’s industry wins and developments

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 17:38
It’s a full plate of smart grid wins this week. Click to read about Milsoft’s outage management win, C3 Energy’s project with a major utility, Battelle’s agreement to commercialize energy storage technologies for renewables, additional developments and two new partnerships.

Will New York be next to mandate energy storage? (And will your state be next?)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 19:01
New York has been making very ambitious, aggressive moves to renew and strengthen its electric grid, and it looks like much of the focus (and money) is on energy storage. Could the state become the second, after California, to mandate energy storage targets for utilities?

New report: 2014 could be a good year for improving consumer awareness

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:52
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has published its latest report on consumer awareness and perception of smart grid and its benefits. While consumer attitudes have not changed much over the past few years, the report suggests reason for optimism in 2014.

Welcome to the app wars! We have another app store for utilities (this time from Cisco)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:40
The app store for utilities market may be filling in a bit. Earlier, we shared the details of the new offering from Silver Spring Networks. Now we take a look at a different approach from Cisco. While they are very different, we see them both as good options. Click for details.

It’s Day Two: Get the latest news from DistribuTECH

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:28
There’s more news from day two of DistribuTECH. Read the latest from Sentient Energy, EnerNOC, GE Digital Energy and more. And check out the two prestigious utility industry awards won by Florida Power & Light.

Revisit our webinar on engaging small commercial customers

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:37
If you missed or would like to review the materials used in our Dec. 12, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar on engaging small commercial utility customers, click for links to the presentation deck, webinar recording and a related infographic series. The webinar featured experts from Pulse Energy, PG&E and ACEEE and was moderated by SGN Chief Analyst Jesse Berst.

See answers to webinar questions about engaging small commercial customers

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:01
There were many great questions asked in SGN's Dec. 12, 2013 webinar on the science of engaging a utility's small commercial customers. So many that our experts couldn't answer them all during the webinar so they have provided their responses here.

Cold weather forcing utilities to take desperate measures

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:03
At a time when we’re getting acquainted with phrases like “polar vortex” and trying to live with severe cold weather, utilities across the country are working extremely hard to deal with the spike in electricity demand. Click to read some scenarios that describe what utilities are doing.