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

data analytics, advanced analytics, analytics buying guide, benefits of analytics, big data, Oncor analytics initiative, IBM analytics
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.

The future of utilities – death spiral or reinvention? Leaders weigh in

smart grid, modern grid, utility business model, utility business case, electric industry trends, strategy, electric utilities
The conversation around the “utility death spiral” is depressing of course. But readers should take a look at some articulate and very well-conceived views from industry observers about options for the industry’s future. As you will see, some see disaster while others see a possible renaissance, a reinvention.

The 3 kinds of cybersecurity every utility needs (and a reference architecture you need to know about)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid security, cybersecurity, electric utilities
Utilities are routinely criticized for not doing enough to address cybersecurity. With that in mind, guest author Brian Smith of EnerNex does an excellent job of laying out the challenges utilities face when forced to deal with constantly evolving threats. He also shares details of a pilot program intended to improve the agility of their cyber defense strategies.

David Crane: No, you fool, utilities are not “shockingly stupid”

smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation, Smart Grid 101, utiity management, electric utilities
Utility CEOs as a group are generally considered conservative or slow to react by many people, and they may have a point. But some critics refer to them as stupid, while failing to consider the regulatory environment they have to work with. Click to read our take on why the critics with the “utilities are stupid” point of view are so very far off base.

Why smart grid and smart water are essential to a smart city

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, smart water, strategy
Smart city initiatives are underway throughout the world, but many cities are unaware of the importance of energy and water infrastructure to their efforts. Guest authors Jim Anderson and Mark Leinmiller of Schneider Electric make an excellent case for why smart energy and smart water have a critical role and need to be part of the process.

Smart grid 101: Smart grid benefits for consumers

smart grid, modern grid, consumer engagement, smart grid strategy, communications, electric utilities
The benefits of smart grid are enormous, but they’re not always communicated well to consumers. Click for some useful explanations and facts that can help utilities do a better job of getting the message across to their customers.

We’re not doing enough about security: But what SHOULD we do?

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, physical security, cybersecurity, strategy, electric utilities, vendors
Regulators, standards organizations and many more have been chewing on utilities for not making enough headway on cybersecurity and physical security for the grid and their own operations. But what should we do to ensure a more secure smart grid future? That’s the big question our guest authors tackle in the second installment of our Next Next Thing article series. And they’ve got a lot to say.

Why utilities are terrible at GIS (and where to get help)

smart grid, smart grid technology, geospatial information systems, GIS, electric utilities
Geospatial information systems can be a great tool for utilities, but most are failing badly at meeting challenges like improving system design and data quality and reducing redundancy and other inefficiencies. Fortunately, an Electric Power Research Institute group dedicated to GIS has solutions to share.

Smart grid, the Internet of Things and security – an inside look

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cyberattacks, electric utilities, smart grid strategy
We all know security is critical to the success of smart grid deployments and their operation. Guest author Kristopher Ardis of Maxim Integrated returns with an assessment of grid security, its weak spots and solutions in this installment of his series “Silicon, Security, the Internet of Things, and Smart Grid.”

Smart Grid 101: the Internet of Things and the smart grid (Part 1)

Smart grid, smart grid technology, Internet of Things, IoT, smart grid strategy
Smart grid is frequently thought of as the first and largest example of the Internet of Things. Kristopher Ardis, Executive Director of Maxim Integrated, launches a four-part series with his thoughtful piece on smart grid and the fantasies and realities of the Internet of Things.

Smart Grid 101: The past and future of demand response

Smart grid, smart grid technology, demand response, DR, smart grid 101, smart grid trends
While it still has its share of critics, demand response is growing as the electric industry continues its search for improved energy efficiency. In his essay, Ben Paulos of America’s Power Plan examines the current status of demand response, and also assesses its potential to help bring about an improved energy future.

Smart Grid 101: Should distribution automation be your next big focus?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, distribution automation, DA, grid optimization, electric utilities
Distribution automation is overtaking smart meters as the primary focus for electric utilities. There are a lot of benefits, such as lowering customers’ power bills while reducing peak demand, not to mention improved grid reliability. Read the story to learn about additional DA benefits and its broad range of applications.

Smart grid resiliency: A Florida success story

Smart grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, grid reliability, Florida Power & Light, electric utilities, lessons learned
This year’s hurricane season has been slow (so far) but meteorologists predict an overall increase in superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, and more utilities are preparing for them and their aftermath. GE’s John McDonald relates the laudable work Florida Power & Light has done to improve grid reliability and resiliency.

Smart Grid 101 - The smart grid’s new systems

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid 101, Mani Vadari, distribution operations, electric utilities
Smart grid pioneer and author Mani Vadari is back with a new installment explaining how, of all the changes brought about by the smart grid, the introduction of new systems in distribution operations has created the most impact.

Smart Grid 101 - How the smart grid is changing system operations

Smart grid, smart grid technology, electric utilities, Smart Grid 101, asset management, utility system operations, Mani Vadari
Smart grid pioneer and author Mani Vadari continues his Smart Grid 101 series of articles with an explanation of how the smart grid is changing utility system operations, what those changes are and where they’re coming from.

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