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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.

74% of U.S. utilities are flunking mobile (the East is best, the South is worst)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, social media, digital technologies, mobile apps, customer engagement, electric utilities
The migration to mobile is evident in almost every industry. But at a time when people buy clothes, check bank statements or make reservations by phone, the U.S. electric power industry seems to be far behind. There are stunning exceptions of course but many, many utilities seriously lag in their adoption of digital technologies. A new report from Booz Allen offers some suggestions for how they can catch up.

Boulder discovers challenges to becoming its own utility

Xcel Energy, Boulder, Colorado, municipal utilities, smart grid, modern grid, electric utilities
The city of Boulder is finding out that divorcing electric service provider Xcel could become a lot harder than anticipated. While no one expected the city’s effort to set up its own municipal electric utility would be carefree and painless, escalating costs alone could be a make or break obstacle.

Should you enroll your utility in this expanded cybersecurity program?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, cybersecurity, smart grid security, NERC, electric utilities
Electric utilities often find themselves between a rock and a hard place, and cybersecurity is a good example. If they share security problems they risk damaging their stock prices or attracting more attention from hackers. If they don’t share, other utilities could be at risk. But changes in an automated data sharing program could give them some much needed breathing room.

Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Itron, electric utilities, water utilities, smart water, smart grid strategy
While some may initially balk at the idea of sharing utility communications networks with another operation, such as a water department, both can benefit tremendously from sharing a network and information. Click to read about a private electric utility and a city water department that plan to do just that. It’s said to be the first collaboration of its kind.

Why utilities need to worry about the 10 most vulnerable consumer devices

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, security, smart meter security, consumer devices, electric utilities
Those consumer gadgets that make life more convenient, such as sprinkler controllers or garage door openers, don’t sound dangerous. But they could be. Read the story to learn what a security professional has to say about how those and other IoT consumer devices could attract hackers who want to get at smart meter data.

Smart grid attack scenarios (understand the threat to defend against it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, security, smart grid security cyberattacks, electric utilities
As the number of threats to the U.S. electric grid increases, the need to raise awareness about them becomes even more critical. Chances are you’ve read several news accounts describing attempted grid attacks from hostile countries. While there are defenses, understanding threats is the first step to preparing for them.

Should you be considering a dual-fuel energy efficiency approach?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, dual-fuel energy efficiency programs, electric utilities, ACEEE
ACEEE is talking up the benefits of electric and natural gas utility dual-fuel energy efficiency programs, but they’re not ignoring the challenges and concerns such an undertaking can present. Read the story for a status update and for access to profiles of 16 successful dual-fuel programs.

The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, electric utilities
Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex. We thought you would be interested in a collection of articles that address where and how utilities fit into the smart city equation.

Want money for microgrids? Try tapping disaster relief. (New Jersey did it.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, outage restoration, grid resilience, grid optimization
Microgrids can be a practical solution to enhance grid resiliency against threats to the grid, whether they come from superstorms or cyberattacks. The downside? They’re expensive and they don’t have much of a track record. New Jersey, however, has come up with an answer to the cost question others may want to consider.

Should utilities sell TV and Internet anywhere? Chattanooga's EPB thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, EPB, electric utility services, smart grid strategy
Chattanooga utility EPB is well-known for its smart grid innovations. Now the company is asking regulators for permission to do something else innovative: sell TV and Internet services outside its service area. Click to find out more about what the utility has in mind.

EEI asks electric utilities to help rev up PEV adoption

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, Edison Electric Institute, electric utilities
The Edison Electric Institute is asking electric utilities to allocate a percentage of their annual fleet purchasing budgets for plug-in electric vehicles. EEI says utilities are a “tremendous leader” in supporting electric transportation and should further support the PEV cause and lead by example.

Regulator / utility collaboration – the 3 states that do it best (and other tips for better relationships)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, state regulators, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
It’s crucial, particularly in these challenging times, for utilities to be able to sit down and work with regulators. Nick Wagner, a member of the Iowa Utilities Board with a long list of additional credentials, shares his thoughts on why communicating with regulators early and often is so important… and how to go about it.

7 serious smart meter security threats that do NOT involve hacking the network

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart grid security, cybersecurity, cybersecurity strategy
In the first installment of a two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated defines smart meter security risks that don’t involve hacking into the utility network. They do involve the smart meter life cycle itself, and the possible consequences he describes are more than alarming.

Utilities: Borrow from this "civilized" approach to distributed generation

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewables, strategy, electric utilities
The heated debate and contention over distributed generation, rooftop solar for example, has resulted in stakeholders taking sides and pounding each other rather than working to solve the problem. The Critical Consumers Issues Forum has released a report that outlines principles for an alternative: collaborative ways to resolve energy challenges, a “civilized” way of doing it.

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