Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question-and-answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions. Article
The Polar Vortex was an important event for the United States -- not just because of the historical significance, but also because it tested the infrastructure of the country. The weather event that swept through the Midwest in 2014 tested many utilities, including Northern Illinois's ComEd -- as well as their customers. Article
As the energy industry in the United States and across the world continues to innovate and look to what is next, many countries are just now looking to bring electricity to their customers for the very first time. Article
Parks Associates attended DistribuTECH this year to talk with executives, gather information on the pulse of the industry, and understand new and emerging trends, specifically focused on the consumer perspective. 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.