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As the Smart Grid moves from concept to reality, it will not be business-as-usual for the world’s electric utilities. The utility sector will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the past 50 years. This section will lead you to the articles, discussions, white papers and resources to prepare for this tsunami of change.

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Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

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Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

Data analytics buying guide part 1: What's in Big Data for you?

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Why is Big Data such a Big Deal for electric utilities? Because many are starting to use advanced analytics software to turn the volumes of data streaming in from smart grid technologies into actionable business intelligence. In part one of our new buying guide, you'll discover some of the benefits they're seeing - including just-released results from Oncor's ambitious analytics initiative with IBM.

Strategic Asset Management: A Primer for Electric Utilities

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Utilities are now getting much more data about their equipment via meters, sensors and other intelligent devices and seeing the benefits of software that can pull together all that information and make sense of it. As a result, strategic asset management is entering its next phase, which is the focus of our latest eBook developed with the experts at UTILICASE. Download the free eBook to learn how your utility can glean the benefits of advanced analytics to develop a more strategic asset care program.

Electronomics: Reinventing electricity

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In the years after Edison brought forth Electricity 1.0, we continued to invent new ways to harness electricity to improve comfort, convenience and connectedness. Now as we move toward Electricity 2.0, the challenge is to combine updated technology with updated policy to enable not only better living, but better working as well. That's because Electricity 2.0 is directly tied to commerce and global competitiveness - and in this first segment of our new Electronomics series we'll explore the very interesting path that got us here.

Smart grid market research: forecasts from the analysts

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This week’s smart grid market research update dips into several sectors, including technologies, transmission and distribution, building energy management, Volt/VAR architecture and more. Click to read what the experts are forecasting for those markets over the next few years.

Energy’s Big Data day is dawning (Learning what your customers really want)

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Netflix knew it had a hit with the House of Cards miniseries, even before viewers saw it. What does that have to do with the energy industry? Guest author Adrian Tuck explains how a consumer-centric approach to Big Data can help electricity providers truly get in touch with their customers’ desires, and develop new revenue streams in the process.

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

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A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.

Of submarines and advanced utility operations: network resilience strategies

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In the second part of this series comparing nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations, author Mike Varney shares his thoughts on why incorporating data into network resilience planning is essential and advocates for taking advantage of new technologies that can help utilities maintain efficiency and profitability.

Comparing submarines and advanced utility operations (and the lessons learned)

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What do nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations have in common? Quite a lot. Guest author Mike Varney explains the parallels between the two in terms of situational awareness, the important role of machine learning in preserving an operational knowledge base and other aspects in this insightful piece.

Opower ups the ante with a new customer engagement platform upgrade

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Building on investments made earlier this year, customer engagement specialist Opower has added significant upgrades to launch its Opower 5.5 technology platform. The company says the new version will give utilities new capabilities to help them better identify and provide what their customers want.

How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things

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The world utilities operate in is getting less “traditional” quickly, and the number of non-traditional customers, those generating their own electricity, is growing. All of that is forcing utilities to collaborate across traditional boundaries. Guest author Ron Chebra explains why and how the Utility Internet of Things can be a valuable solution to help them accomplish that feat successfully.

The biggest challenge to smart water initiatives? Cost

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It may or may not come as a surprise but the biggest roadblock for utility smart water initiatives is how much they cost, says a new survey from Zpryme. Yet despite that obstacle 9 out of 10 water utilities have smart water plans in place.

Smart grid markets update: substation automation, storage and more

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Over the next 10 years, the largest smart grid infrastructure markets will be in Southeast Asia as four countries seek to improve and modernize their electric grids to meet growing demands. Click for details about the growth in Southeast Asia and other smart grid and related markets.

Energy efficiency a major force in meeting Pacific Northwest power demand

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Energy efficiency has emerged as a major topic over past several years as electric customers and state regulators make it clear they want electric utilities to provide power as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. The Pacific Northwest has benefitted greatly from energy efficiency investments and initiatives. Read the story to learn how.

New tools you can use for smart grid consumer education

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With surveys over the past few years showing roughly half of electricity customers are aware of the smart grid, it is apparent some new approaches are in order to help them understand its benefits. Click to learn more about a series of videos from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative that could be a very good fit with utility customer outreach efforts.

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