Next-gen SWASA part new technology, IT data apps

Today, wide area situational awareness systems, particularly synchrophasors (synchrophasors/wide area situational awareness - SWASA), are being used to collect and transmit data to identify high-speed disturbances before outages occur, Navigant reports. In fact, they predict annual transmission synchrophasor revenue is expected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2014 to $16.7 billion in 2023.

Connected home closer to reality for Reliant customers

For Reliant customers, the smart home has just gotten closer to reality. Reliant has launched a new suite of home security packages and automation tools that will help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment -- their home.

New flow battery holds promise but not without challenges

PNNL's new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. And its energy density is approaching that of a type of lithium-ion battery used to power portable electronic devices and some small electric vehicles.

Cities need a new outlook for infrastructure upgrade financing

While lobbying to help government and utilities understand the importance of the smart grid and other new energy innovations, the cost of new projects is often overlooked. A new study by the New Cities Foundation (NCF) suggests ideas for government entities to secure their funding.

Investment in Central America and Caribbean smart grid expected to grow by 2025

Central America and the Caribbean's smart grid investment is growing. According to a new study, it will grow to $3.3 billion in infrastructure investment between 2015 and 2025.


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Competition is heating up among vendors and, at the same time, HEM products are becoming more accessible to consumers, with retailers such as Best Buy, Staples, and Lowe's marketing products that include energy management features.


The so-called "Track One" order lays out the basic policy framework for REV and its implementation and sets a timeline for the next phases of the proceeding. The order addresses foundational issues such as the role of the utility as the "Distributed System Platform" provider, and the role of the utility in DER ownership and energy efficiency programs.