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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.

Why and how to convert Big Data into little data (aka actionable data)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid data, data analytics, electric utilities
Could it be that utilities have been using the wrong approach to deal with the huge amounts of data the smart grid produces? Guest author Steve Ehrlich explains a better way to squeeze value and actionable insight from all that data. And it’s not rocket science.

Utilities: Time to get on the optimization bandwagon

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, electric utilities
There are more ways to meet increasing demand for electric power than firing up new generating plants to provide it. Guest author Roei Ganzarki shares details on new grid optimization technologies, what their capabilities are and how they can be immensely beneficial now and in the future.

How Google's disdain for utilities could ruin its Nest acquisition

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When Google attempted to move into the home energy management space a few years ago, it first tried to work with utilities but rejected that approach when it decided utilities were too balkanized. Guest author Tom Osterhus explains in detail why that may have been a bad strategy. And he has several insights to share about energy storage and time-of-use pricing.

Why some insurers are dumping utilities. And how "the convergence of all things security" can help

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Utilities already have enough challenges and problems to deal with, and now they have another one: some insurance companies refuse to insure them against cyberattacks. Three security experts from IBM share their insights on that development and what it will take to develop a truly secure grid.

For utilities, banks, and other critical infrastructure providers, Y2K arrives April 8 2014

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, security, microgrids, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. While the announcement was made years ago, the very tough challenges for utilities and others working with critical infrastructure are no less real. Guest contributors Stuart McCafferty and Andy Bochman offer a detailed account of those challenges as well as ways to mitigate them.

Utilities! Get off your backsides and start building smart water networks

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Several jurisdictions are considering extreme and expensive measures, like desalinization plants and canals, to conserve water even though a smart water network can reclaim 20% to 40% of water lost through leaks and theft. In recognition of World Water Day, Sensus offers several good reasons why smart water networks are such an effective solution for saving both water and energy.

Vortex Schmortex -- How one utility cut winter power outages in half

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The Polar Vortex-related heavy snows and extreme cold made a mess of the eastern half of the US this winter, and even clobbered southern cities that rarely see that type of weather. Yet one southern city managed to keep outages to a minimum. Guest authors David Wade and Mike Edmonds explain how.

The tipping point for time-of-use rates?

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Residential customers of many utilities still don’t have time-of-use rates. But that could change. Several major California utilities have filed for time-of-use programs which indicates they could soon make a big push for them. And if they get it right, their actions may influence utilities and regulators in other states.

Utility death spiral? Bull$&!# says Warren Buffett

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The “utility death spiral” stories have been proliferating for some time. But not everyone agrees with them. Certainly not master investor Warren Buffett who paid $5 billion last year for NV Energy. Click to find out why Buffett is hot on utilities... and why he thinks the dire predictions are wrong.

One way to solve the workforce shortage. Ice Energy partners with college on training

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The looming skills gap in the smart grid workforce has generated several innovations to provide the trained, qualified employees the energy industry depends on. Read the story for details on Ice Energy’s partnership with a California college to train students in thermal energy storage and HVAC refrigeration.

Utilities: Why it's time to get tougher on energy theft (And on ourselves)

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Losses from energy theft run into the hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars annually. And it’s a worldwide problem utilities haven’t pursued because getting the evidence to prosecute thieves is so hard to come by. But guest author Alan Snook says there is now a way to do just that: Distribution Transformer Monitoring. Click to learn about the technology and how utilities can use it to pinpoint theft.

Why utilities will soon be obsolete in HI and CA (and then in your state)

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The electric grid may become optional in some parts of the United States because of three converging trends, says a recently released report. But the much talked about utility “death spiral” could be deferred, and there are ways utilities could latch onto a competitive edge. Click to find out how and why.

The Next Next Thing: Dealing with distributed generation and rooftop solar

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Distributed generation and rooftop solar have been two very controversial issues in the electric utility industry. Controversial because of their impact on traditional utility business models, renewable energy integration and more. Would resolving those issues have a significant impact on the smart grid and electric utilities? That’s the topic of this installment in our Next Next Thing article series.

Utilities: Getting environmentalists on your side in the net metering struggle

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net metering, rooftop solar, markets and pricing, strategy, electric utilities
The controversy over net metering has been described variously as a “war” or a “battlefield” with rooftop solar companies and supporters on one side and electric utilities on the other. Clean energy and energy efficiency advocate Brian Keene explains why it’s critical for rooftop solar’s continued success that the two sides come together and work as partners… and that everybody wins.

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