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Another expert writes a requiem for today's "traditional" utilities

One view of the future for electric grids and utilities is a scenario that includes two types of distribution utilities, one responsible for maintaining grid operations and another that will sell energy services. Click to read an explanation of one increasingly popular concept of the new utility model: “distribution service operators.”  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, smart homes, connected homes, smart grid strategy, customer engagement, electric utilities

The 4 priorities that allow utilities to profit from the connected home market

New technologies are frequently viewed with suspicion in the utility industry. Consider the developing “connected home” market as an example. Guest contributor Angus Panton makes the case that the new market offers substantial growth opportunities for utilities… as long as they attend to four key issues early on.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid strategy, Itron, Silver Spring Networks

Two smart meter pioneers who may be takeover targets (because of their patents)

Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the smart grid sector, and equity analyst Louis Basenese expects the trend to continue. Why? Against the background of an aging electric grid, the big companies understand innovation is crucial and that cutting edge companies have it. Read on to learn why he believes two pioneering companies could be in their sights.  More >>
 
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Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery

Smart grid companies are always coming up with new tech products and services and enhancements to existing products. We thought it was time to take a look at what they’ve been up to, so click to read about new offerings from ABB, Belden, GE, Leidos and other companies.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Big Data, utility business model, utility transformation, smart grid strategy

What to do today to prepare for Big Change tomorrow (from a telecom veteran)

With massive change coming in the utility business environment, it’s not hard to understand that figuring out how and where to begin to cope with it is a challenge. In the age of the data driven utility, guest author Thomas Zimmermann counsels utilities to take an incremental approach for the best outcome to what will be a major transformation.  More >>
 
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This week’s smart grid (and smart water) wins: projects, milestones and a merger

Read this week’s smart grid wins roundup to learn about new projects and developments for a variety of smart grid and smart water companies. Also, don’t miss the news about the proposed merger between Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Europe, smart grid trends, renewable energy, electric utilities

European power plants could be obsolete starting in 2020

A new report says Europe’s centralized fossil-fuel power plants could be obsolete very soon as a direct result of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles. And the 2020 tipping point date? That’s when investment bank UBS believes the payback period for a rooftop solar system will be attractively short and batteries much less expensive.  More >>
 
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Australia and Europe have a power problem -- too MUCH power

Australia and Europe have far more energy than they need. In Australia, it’s a matter of economics and reduced demand. In Europe, renewable energy subsidies led to the oversupply. Click to learn what the fallout will be as both regions respond to their energy gluts.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind power, U.S. wind power, Department of Energy

U.S. wind energy industry is doing quite well too (It’s not all about solar)

Wind power usually seems to play the wallflower in the renewable energy world where most of the attention is focused on solar. But two new DOE reports say the U.S. is a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world.  More >>
 
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Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?

Critics routinely skewer Germany’s aggressive adoption of renewables, citing high power costs and grid instability as the inevitable results. But there are those who contend the country’s grid is more reliable because of renewables integration. Click to read what they’re saying and why.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, customer engagement, customer engagement srategy, electric utilities

The 5 essentials for better customer engagement

Most utilities have customer engagement programs of some kind by now. But are they doing enough, doing it right? Guest author Martin Milani explains why a comprehensive strategy that cost-effectively engages customers across all touch points and programs is far better than stand-alone solutions. And he shares proven approaches for ensuring meaningful engagement.  More >>












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