Energy suppliers will need to get the data collection and analysis right if they are to make sense of the vast amounts of information generated by smart grids, in order to provide the benefits demanded by increasingly connected and empowered consumers, according to attendees at the recent Smart Grid World Summit in London. Article
In the last few articles we discussed the industry and organizations which make up the security eco-system for critical infrastructure. This broader look at industry organization and touch points is something we will focus on in this article but will also go a little in depth to look at the components of the DNA which make up the security center of each critical infrastructure device. At the heart of linking these two together is a management area which I defined in one of my earliest articles that focuses on the management of secrets Article
I am happy to introduce to you the new SmartGridNews.com -- the result of a merger between FierceSmartGrid and Smart Grid News. As Editor-in-Chief, I am proud to call Smart Grid News part of the FierceMarkets family of publications and the newest publication in the Fierce Energy Group. Article
Until effective energy storage arrives, could aggregated demand management be the answer to the rising use of intermittent renewables and squeezed reserve margins? Last week, the UK announced winter power supply margins had fallen to just over 4 percent from an estimated 5-10 percent in June, following a string of unplanned outages. Article
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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There is a good reason Warren Buffett's name seems to be turning up everywhere in the energy sector. When he bought Nevada utility NV Energy last year, he said there would be further energy acquisitions. Already heavily involved in solar and wind power, his Northern Grid Power Holdings Co. is wrapping up a home energy management pilot project with Siemens in the UK.
After substantial haggling over finances, and more possibly to come, British regulator Ofgem has authorized an almost 100-mile subsea high-voltage direct current cable between onshore power conversion facilities and Spittal in Central Caithness. The project will be a substantial upgrade for an old electricity network and will add capacity for bringing renewable energy to the grid.
The results of a Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) analysis of senior's attitudes toward the smart grid and related topics yielded some interesting findings. While U.S. seniors (55+) see saving money and reliability as worthwhile benefits of the smart grid, they are less likely than younger people to get involved in smart grid technologies and programs.
After several smart meter failures earlier this year, Saskatchewan's Crown Utility is investigating yet another. While some of the earlier overheated meters burned and scorched the exterior walls on which they were installed, this recent failure damaged only the meter.
The U.S. Senate voted to extend the wind energy tax credit this week, but the wind industry is not getting much comfort out of it. The extension is through the end of this year, two weeks. The tax credit was part of a $41.6 billion package of more than 50 tax breaks for individuals, businesses and nonprofits.
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Electric vehicles (EV) can be key part of a low-carbon, consumer-friendly energy future. That is the broad point of a letter from a coalition comprised of 67 organizations, including utilities, private companies, business groups, EV advocacy groups, and environmental groups, calling on the Governors and Governors-Elect in the 11 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to make a top priority developing policies that support EVs going forward.