I've read a good deal of public discussion recently on net metering and the unfair costs it is said to impose on the host utility, or on other customers in the utility territory through cross-subsidies. This position is echoed in personal conversations I've had with many industry participants. Article
The New Year is always a great time to reflect on the progress we've made, as well take a look at what's ahead. The topic of data and analytics in utilities exploded onto the scene a few years ago, and, although the topic brought a lot of hype, it is definitely seeing progress now within utility companies. Even with this progress, we still need to be cognizant of curveballs that could drastically change data and analytics plans in the utility industry. Article
It is that time again for a Smart Grid News tradition – the annual SGN Companies to Watch (C2W).We will be spotlighting cutting-edge smart grid companies with the potential to be breakout stars in 2015. But we need your help. It is through your nominations, in this fifth annual competition, that fitting companies will be selected and then narrowed down as finalists. Article
While some utilities have no social media strategy whatsoever, and others are just now putting their big toe in to test the waters, Integrys Energy has been using social media for more than five years, beginning back in 2009. I had the opportunity to catch up with Susan Baranczyk, Integrys Energy Group's Manager of Brand Strategies to discuss how the Midwest energy company and its seven brands implement social media strategies and technologies across multiple business units. Susan was extremely forthcoming and willing to share some of the secrets to the company's success with social media. 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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New York's Con Edison has some attractive incentives to offer the owners of large commercial buildings who participate in the utility's summer demand response (DR) programs.
Energy company ALLETE has agreed to buy integrated industrial water management company U.S. Water Services. Specifically, ALLETE will first purchase 87 percent of U.S. Water for $168 million and the balance of the company at a later date.
Electric and gas utility customer satisfaction ratings have been rising over the past few years and the just released results of a survey from a division of Market Strategies International found that the trend continues. But further analysis of the numbers showed that even highly rated utilities need to do more to ensure customer trust.
It would be hard to imagine what life would be like without electricity -- unless you never had it. Unfortunately, roughly 1.3 billion people in different parts of the world do not. German organization Mobile Hydro has found what it says is a practical solution involving what might be called micro-hydropower to at least some of those regions.
While lithium-ion batteries provide the power for today's electric vehicles, researchers at Yale and MIT believe they have come up with a way to eliminate the most vexing problems associated with lithium-air technology.
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The past decade has witnessed significant developments in policies for renewable energy, which are driving its growth globally. In fact, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan forecasts the global installed capacity of renewable energy to more than double from 1,566 gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to 3,203 GW in 2025.
The results of a survey conducted by DEFG, a management consulting firm specializing in energy, reveals some interesting information about low-income utility customers-- 43 percent (or four in 10) of which have trouble paying their utility bills.