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Puerto Rico mandates energy storage for all new renewable development

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:38
Puerto Rico has mandated minimum requirements for all new renewable energy projects, calling for integration of energy storage systems to ensure power quality and grid stability on the island. Dean Frankel of Lux Research explains the unique policy and how it will work.

Why Google’s acquisition of NEST is a wake-up call for utilities

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:23
Several observers have said the recent acquisition of NEST by Google would be bad news for utilities. Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck says, yes, it’s a warning alright… but if utilities are willing to change and go with the flow, and give consumers what they want, it’s an opportunity too. Interested? Click to read what he has to say.

Part Two: Meet 10 more nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
It’s Day Two of the nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. And we have another interesting group, so click to read the nominations then vote for the company you believe is best qualified to make it into the next round.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Two -- Involving customers in grid operations

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:35
Guest authors Steve Hauser, president of management consultancy New West Technologies, and Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance CEO, take a close look at yet another of the electric power industry’s major challenges: getting customers engaged in grid operations. And they ask some interesting questions for readers to ponder.

European Union to drop renewables?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:25
If the headline seems disconcerting, it should. Long considered the leader in mandating renewables integration, the European Union could drastically reduce its renewable energy targets – or drop them altogether. Click to read why, this late in the game, such a dramatic policy change is on the table.

What can we really expect from distribution automation?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:49
We continue our Next Next Thing article series with a deep dive discussion from our expert guest authors on distribution automation. From their comments you’ll see why DA has become such a big part of the smart grid dialogue, and why it will likely have a major influence on the direction of grid modernization.

Part One: Meet the first 10 companies for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:03
It’s time to introduce the first 10 nominees for the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Click to learn how it will work this year, and – most importantly – how to vote! And you will want to hurry: the polls close at midnight Sunday.

New York launches massive grid hardening and modernization effort

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:52
New York’s governor recently unveiled an ambitious $17 billion renewal plan to protect the state’s communities from severe weather, with $1.37 billion to strengthen its electric grid. The grid hardening funds are earmarked for several projects, from moving several hundred miles of primary wires underground to microgrids, intelligent outage management systems and additional work.

Even Bill Gates is betting on energy storage

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:45
Several industry observers and professionals have been saying the tipping point for grid-scale energy storage is coming soon. Need convincing? Storage startup Aquion Energy just completed a $55 million financing round… with Bill Gates as one of the new investors. Click for details.

Japan launches huge rollout of smart meters (and fuel cells too!)

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:39
The Japanese government plans a massive rollout of smart meters and, surprise, fuel cells to 5 million homes. While the plan does have its critics, the Japanese initiative will be worth watching since it could provide some indications for the future here.

Smart grid wins: so many different projects, so many different places

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:26
Our smart grid wins this week are literally all over the map, from Oklahoma to California and from Ecuador to Greece. And a lot of variety too, from SaaS to V2G aggregation, metering, home area networks and voltage optimization.

Is this our future? TVA grapples with lower demand

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:23
You’ve heard it before. Energy demand is falling in several areas and utilities are scrambling (or should be) to adapt to this new reality for the energy industry. Click to read what that falling demand has meant for the Tennessee Valley Authority and what it is doing to change course and accommodate.

The 3 keys to selecting the right utility energy storage. (Are you listening California?)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:11
California’s recent energy storage mandate put the state’s utilities in a bind. They’re required to select and invest in storage, an energy resource they may not know much about. Ice Energy’s Mike Hopkins offers three critical steps he believes utilities need to take when they research and select a system. Utility professionals everywhere would do well to read what he has to say.

What Google's NEST acquisition could mean for utilities (and it's good news)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:42
Google’s NEST acquisition took a lot of people by surprise and most of the talk has zeroed in on what it means for Google and its competitors. But guest author Ron Chebra digs deeper to explain how the acquisition will affect utilities… and he identifies several ways utilities could cash in.

Last call! Nominate 2014 Companies to Watch now

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:26
If you want to nominate a smart grid company you think should be on our radar this year, better hurry. Deadline for 2014 Companies to Watch entries is midnight tonight (Thursday, Jan. 16) - no exceptions. Click for details on how to submit your nomination.

Finally… some scientists are speaking out to say smart meters are safe

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 19:00
The complaints and protests about smart meters and their alleged health hazards have at last been challenged. Scientists are stepping forward to refute the anti-smart meter movement’s claims as vastly exaggerated and without foundation. Click for details on this welcome development.

Electric power's five biggest challenges, Part One: Balancing supply and demand in the face of complexity

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:49
DOE and the GridWise Alliance have joined forces to create a stakeholder-driven vision of the future electric grid. GridWise Alliance CEO Becky Harrison and Steve Hauser, president of management consulting firm New West Technologies, share the first of five discussions on future power industry challenges: balancing supply and demand. As the story explains, it’s an opportunity to contribute your thoughts to the DOE/GridWise effort.

Is a disaggregated future really all that far away?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:37
SGN’s Next Next Thing series of articles has focused for the most part on technology. But one contributor, Eric Dresselhuys of Silver Spring Networks, has a different spin on the ‘big what’s next’ for electric power providers. In his view, that industry disaggregation we tend to think will confront us sometime, someday, is already here and quickly gaining momentum.

Avoiding the death spiral: Think "multipurpose" to future-proof your utility

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:22
News stories predicting that the utility industry is heading into a death-spiral and financial turmoil have been non-stop. If you want to learn how utilities can survive, and possibly thrive, in this time of unprecedented change, sign up for our January 22 webinar “How to Futureproof your Distribution Utility,” and find out how it can be done.

Why smart grids need smart inverters (and where to find them)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:03
Smart inverters are essential if rooftop solar is to be effectively and safely connected to the grid, and utilities and others are clamoring for them. They’re already here, so what’s the hangup? Standards and testing protocols, or rather, their absence. We share updates on some of the organizations working to clear that bottleneck.