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Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Three -- Multi-customer microgrids

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:55
Next up in our series on electric power’s five biggest challenges: enhanced reliability through multi-customer microgrids. Guest authors Steve Hauser of New West Technologies and Becky Harrison of GridWise Alliance offer an interesting discussion of this evolving technology and others.

Couldn’t make it this time? Read our dispatches from DistribuTECH

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:44
DistribuTECH is in full swing at San Antonio’s Gonzalez Convention Center this week, so Smart Grid News will be reporting on news and announcements as they are released throughout the week. If you couldn’t attend this year, then our coverage may be the next best thing.

Market research roundup: forecasting the smart grid future

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:50
Smart Grid News has streamlined its market research reports roundup to make it more convenient for readers to quickly scan and find the topics that interest them most. Click to check the latest forecasts from the analysts on what we can expect to see in the near future for smart grid.

Now we have proof. Utility transformation is at the tipping point

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:41
Itron has released the eye-opening results of a survey that includes utility executives and consumers, and it makes some very clear points about the immediate need for major changes in the utility business model. It’s a very interesting read and the level of consensus is surprising.

Finally -- an app store for utilities (from Silver Spring Networks)

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 18:27
An app-store for utilities? A great idea but very challenging to develop. In a big departure from business as usual, Silver Spring Networks has launched its SilverLink Sensor Network… and it may have hurdled those challenges. Click for details on what the new offering is and what it does.

Smart Grid Companies to Watch: Time to vote for the final 14!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:04
We’re down to the top 25 semi-finalists in the Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Now it’s time for the final round and time to vote for the company you think has what it takes to be a smart grid superstar. The polls will be open until midnight Sunday Pacific time, February 2.

2014 Top 25 Flyer

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:27
If you're one of the 25 finalists for our 2014 Smart Grid Companies to Watch competition, we've created a flyer you are welcome to download to post on your website or at your DistribuTech booth, etc. to promote voting.

How to future-proof your distribution utility -- webinar replays and presentation

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 15:07
Forces in the power industry are converging to make the current utility business model obsolete. In SGN's Jan. 22, 2014 webinar, industry experts from Elster, Black & Veatch and PacifiCorp joined us to discuss an approach that can help utilities survive, perhaps even thrive, during this period of change. Key word: multi-purpose. Click to replay the webinar and download the presentation deck.

Presentation materials from the future-proof your distribution utility webinar

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 14:53
Download the slide deck used in SGN's Jan. 22, 2014 webinar featuring experts from Elster, Black & Veatch and PacifiCorp.

The #1 way to improve storm resilience (it's not about outage management)

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 19:04
Technology isn’t the only way to help ensure grid reliability and minimize power outages. As Doug Houseman of EnerNex points out, sometimes a simple approach is what it takes. He explains why vegetation management is so critical to maintaining reliability.

My, what a busy time of year for smart grid

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 18:51
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features a variety of new projects, developments and recognitions. Click to read about Battelle’s pilot study on using water heaters for grid balancing, consumer engagement company PayGo’s agreement with Georgia Power and more activity in the smart grid sector.

Part Four: The last 10 nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014!

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 17:19
Here they are, the final nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. Read the nominations, and don’t forget to use the quick poll to vote for the company you believe should be in the next round. Better hurry though. Voting for this round closes at midnight Sunday, January 26 (PST).

Coal plants may get a reprieve from EPA regulations

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:24
The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed publication of its climate change rules for power plants, a decision some allege is nothing more than political maneuvering. Read the story to learn more about what people are saying about the delay, and what the fallout could be.

The Next Next Thing for distribution grids? Distributed energy storage

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:08
The writers contributing to our Next Next Thing article series have covered a lot of ground: big data, cybersecurity and the disaggregated future for utilities. The next installment focuses on distributed energy storage and how it will ease the transition from a centralized future to a distributed one.

Part Three: Introducing 10 more nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:19
We’re into the third day of nominations for Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2014. So click to read the nominations, and don’t forget to use the quick poll to vote for the company that strikes you as the best qualified candidate to make it into the next round.

The smart grid gets smarter: Here’s what our energy future will look like

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:05
Our Ultimate Guide to AMI series concludes today with a fascinating look at the trends that will shape the future of the electric grid. And as Elster's Ron Pate gazes into his crystal ball, he predicts no part of the grid will undergo more dramatic change in coming years than the distribution side. Find out why - and what else he sees coming that will make today's smart grid smarter than ever.

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.