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State governments pushing cities and utilities to get microgrids

Microgrids have emerged as yet another hot topic as more and more cities and campuses adopt them to ensure continuous power during outages. And that conversation is a pretty good indicator that utilities should be getting ready for microgrids before they hit prime time.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, research and development, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National laboratories team for much-needed distributed energy test bed

Testing new technologies in a realistic setting is obviously the best way to ensure they will function properly at actual load levels, before they're integrated into the power grid. Click to learn about a distributed energy resources test bed developed by two national labs and how it will benefit both utilities and equipment manufacturers.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging stations, renewable energy integration, electric utilities

Why utilities are promoting EVs (and why they want customers to pay for it)

Electric utilities are getting some flak from consumer groups for asking customers to help pay the cost of electric vehicle charging stations, even though many of those customers won’t be using them. Now would be the perfect time for utilities to explain to customers and regulators how valuable EV charging stations are when it comes to managing intermittent renewable energy.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Xcel Energy, Boulder Colorado, electric utilities

Boulder / Xcel slapfest gets uglier -- Xcel asks FERC for help

Boulder, Colorado’s attempts to divorce Xcel Energy and set up its own municipal electric utility just took another turn in what is already a convoluted story. Xcel asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week to rule that the city can’t condemn the transmission line that surrounds it without the agency’s permission.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects

Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

This week’s smart grid wins feature includes what could almost be considered a bit of everything. Read about a variety of smart grid companies and projects ranging from solar and smart water to transmission and energy efficiency. And don’t miss the awards for AutoGrid Systems and Silver Spring Networks.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Sensus, smart meters, metering, smart grid companies

Generation 4 smart meters: the latest evolution in Sensus technology

Sensus has unveiled a new contribution to smart grid technology: its new Generation 4 smart meters. As company president Randy Bays put it, the goal was to develop a meter capable of improving operational efficiency for customers, utilities and cities alike. Click to learn more about the new offering.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, distributed energy, renewable energy, California Public Utilities Commission, electric utilities

Warning: California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities. Will your region be next?

The California Public Utilities Commission is rewriting requirements for how utilities value distributed energy resources. Guest author Tom Osterhus says the changes will bring new value opportunities, but will be dangerous for utilities that fail to adapt. Click to read his explanation of what those changes will look like and what their impact will likely be.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid devices, smart meters, connected home, home energy management, product testing, electric utilities

The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence

As utilities roll out new technologies, they sometimes find problems after the initial installations. That mistake can be costly and the negative publicity damaging. Guest contributor Angus Panton offers guidance to help utilities ensure that doesn’t happen: advance testing methods that can spot problems in meters and other devices before they’re delivered to customers.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, distributed renewable energy, global business, renewable energy adoption

The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.  More >>
 
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, electric utility business model, electric utility trends, distributed generation

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 >>



LATEST STORIES

State governments pushing cities and utilities to get microgrids

Adoption becoming more widespread >>

National laboratories team for much-needed distributed energy test bed

Technology testing in a realistic setting >>

Why utilities are promoting EVs (and why they want customers to pay for it)

Charging stations a key tool for managing intermittent renewables >>

 










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