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
At a time when more than 50 percent of consumers have never heard the terms 'smart grid' or 'smart meter,' the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has designed an infographic illustrating "the smart grid journey as the next modern human innovation in technology." 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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Apple is a company that likes to be first, but when it comes to the smart grid, they are lagging painfully behind -- or are they?
Power prices are expected to be lowered after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) order allowing demand response and energy-efficiency resources to be included in the PJM Interconnection's upcoming capacity auctions, but the decline may not be as large as expected, according to Moody's.
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The recently passed renewable energy standard in Vermont makes way for an increasing requirement for distributed generation, preparing solar PV for a larger role in the state. Meanwhile, the Public Service Board is in the process of drafting a revised net metering program-- potentially changing rate structure.
The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has launched a new fracking tracking mechanism. The map tracks hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" bans, restrictions and other government action against what it calls a "revolutionary technique" used to enhance U.S. oil and gas production.