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
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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Missouri's Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has become one of the latest electric utilities to become actively involved in the electric vehicle charging business. On Monday the utility said it would install and manage over 1,000 EV charging stations, which would rank it as the largest utility-owned and operated network in the country.
Homeowners and renters who buy smart home devices typically do so because they are looking for more ways to save money on their electric bills or simply want the convenience offered by their capabilities. Some of those buyers are getting something most are not: breaks on their insurance rates.
A new survey of executives in the energy, retail and financial services industries on how they regarded security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices shared some interesting results -- and some surprisingly lax attitudes.
Following in the footsteps of several mainland utilities, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HEI) has asked state regulators to eliminate the state's net energy metering program. If authorized, the change would affect only new utility customers who install their own solar power systems.
India has long been anxious to upgrade its electric grid and energy infrastructure, but change has been slow in coming -- in large part because the money and outside investment have not kept pace with the government's ambitions. That could change for the better as a result of President Obama's pledge to offer financial support.
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Achieving the President's goal would mean harnessing enough gas that would otherwise be wasted or lost to heat more than 2 million homes for a year, according to BLM.
At its rate of coal ash removal during the last six months of 2014, Santee Cooper will finish removing the ash from the lagoons in 2019, four years ahead of schedule, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, who was responsible for bringing actions against Santee Cooper seeking removal of the coal ash on behalf of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.