Think for a moment about a grid of a different kind: our system of roads and highways. Every day across the country, huge gasoline tankers deliver fuel to tanks beneath convenience stores and gas stations. Most of that fuel -- 375 million gallons every day -- is for personal transportation. To supply this demand, thousands of huge gasoline tanker trucks travel on a transportation grid that has grown incrementally over time to handle not only this traffic, but all other motor vehicle needs. Feature
And now, the moment you've been waiting for…From reader nominations, Smart Grid News has narrowed its 2015 Smart Grid Companies to Watch winners to 15. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated. Special Report
Tesla's home energy storage battery announcement made big waves in the industry, leading the company to sell nearly 40,000 units in the first week. But what does an inexpensive home storage system mean for the grid -- and how will it affect utilities? Feature
Apathy is possibly the biggest and best-known barrier to any broad-scale energy behavior change. With utility costs relatively low, it comes as no surprise that energy efficiency ranks near the bottom of most people's priorities. What techniques, if any, can make it easier to alter long-standing consumption habits? Feature
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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With consumers continuing to connect more devices to their home networks, reducing the energy footprint of Internet equipment is a priority.
SCE says its Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) is "the next step in a proceeding the commission initiated last August to move toward full integration of Distributed Energy Resources (such as rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and demand response) in operations, investment and distribution system planning."
National Grid is becoming the smart grid leader in New York, and is proposing another smart grid project as a part of New York's ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Even though the project is a pilot, it will be launched for 15,000 customers -- installing technology such as smart appliances and thermostats in both homes and businesses.
Smart cities are popping up across the world, but many people still consider them a thing of the future. Even though the UK has taken a lead in developing smart cities, a new study found that very few people in the UK are actually aware of those initiatives.
Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Georgia lost their tax rebates this week as the state's new budget went into effect. The $5,000 tax credit for EV owners will be removed, as well as adding a $200 fee for EVs. The state expects the new measure to generate $830 million to $850 million each year for Georgia.
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These increases, the first since Hawaii Water Service Company acquired the West Hawaii Sewer and Kona Water systems in 2008, will allow the company to recover costs and for infrastructure improvements made to the water and wastewater systems.
CAWCD Deputy General Manager Thomas McCann for CAWCD, which operates the CAP, described the agreement as, "a critical first step toward improving the reliability of the transmission system that delivers energy to CAP pumps so that water can continue to flow uphill from the Colorado River into central Arizona."