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
Tesla's home energy storage battery announcement made big waves in the industry, leading the company to sell nearly 40,000 units in the first week. But what does an inexpensive home storage system mean for the grid -- and how will it affect utilities? 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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The evolving grid, the evolving customer, and evolving regulation are all part of a three-legged stool that requires balance, according to IEI. Keeping these three legs in balance will ultimately help drive the sustainable evolution of the electricity grid.
The 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Awards have been presented by SmartEnergy IP, a division of SmartMark Communications, to those utilities demonstrating excellence in smart grid education. Four utilities received the honor. These award-winning utilities obviously know that customer engagement is key to customer education.
Much of Canada is looking to invest in renewable energy, and Ontario has found that added solar and wind resources are helping to create a reliable grid and transmission network.
The Internet of Things (IoT) may very well be the future, and a group of senators wants to make sure the government has some say. The senators sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking them to research IoT.
The Internet of Things is more than just an idea, it is on the way to becoming reality -- and that reality could be worth more than $11 trillion in 10 years. According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute,"The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype," IoT will be worth anywhere between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025.
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