Today's electricity landscape is shifting. Renewables are increasingly cost competitive with fossil fuels, customers are able to create -- and, in some cases, store -- their own energy, and new energy technology is making our grid smarter, cleaner, and more efficient. As a result, the traditional utility business model -- acquire more customers, sell more electricity, build more power plants -- is out of sync with today's energy needs. Feature
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy filled up the city of Hoboken, New Jersey "like a bathtub," dumping 500 million gallons of brackish water onto its streets, homes and infrastructure. Ninety percent of the city lost power for almost two weeks -- placing extreme strain on first responders and vulnerable populations. Feature
It's a scenario often played out whenever new technology that is meant to help make our lives easier enters the market. The installation of smart meters in residential homes is no exception. Feature
DR offers the ability to flatten the demand curve, add flexibility to the system, and lower energy costs by reducing costly capital investments. But the Supreme Court may throw a wrench in DR's steady rise in value to customers and the grid. 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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