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

Smart Grid, AMI, Ultimate Guide to AMI, AMI eBook, Elster smart grid, Elster AMI, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
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.

SunEdison to become world’s biggest renewables company with First Wind buy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, wind energy, mergers and acquisitions, SunEdison, First Wind
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.

2014 smart grid progress report is out: find out where YOUR state ranks

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid modernization, GridWise Alliance
The GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center have announced their state-by-state smart grid progress rankings for 2014. The index evaluates states on how much they have done to upgrade their electric systems with smart grid technologies. Click for details and the top ranked states.

How utilities can solve the aging workforce dilemma

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, aging workforce, electric utility trends
Utilities face changes coming from several directions. They are adopting and adapting to new smart grid technologies, dealing with new expectations from customers and regulators, and they also wrestle with another problem. Long-term professionals are retiring, leaving utilities with the chore of finding qualified technicians to replace them. Guest author Andrew Bennett outlines the problem and offers a solution.

Korea offers compelling incentive program to get its drivers into EVs

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV incentives, Korea
While using financial incentives to get more drivers behind the wheel of an electric vehicle is not a new strategy, Korea has embarked on an unusually aggressive program to spark interest in electric vehicles. The city of Seoul is partnering with four car makers to offer incentives of almost $25,000 for buyers.

Wyoming ups its advanced energy status with biogas-powered data center

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, data centers, energy efficiency, energy reliability, Microsoft, Siemens
Wyoming is moving ahead in its bid to become known as a center for innovation and advanced energy projects with the opening of Microsoft’s new biogas fuel cell-powered data center. The new data center is the outcome of a collaboration involving academia, state and local government, and partners Microsoft, Siemens and Fuel Cell Energy.

Siemens wants more acquisitions to support its smart grid sector growth

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Siemens, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid strategy
Siemens, already a dominant force in smart grid, has set its sights on more acquisitions as part of its strategy to achieve a larger presence in the software side of the equation. Read the story to learn about some of the company’s plans and its focus on digitalization.

Utilities: Is it finally time to institute pre-payment?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electricity prepayment, Itron, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Prepaying for electricity is common and popular in several parts of the world, but hasn’t caught on in North America – even though many consumers, such as transient workers and college students – would prefer it. Is it time for utilities and regulators to take a closer look and consider a prepayment option?

Switch utilities to save money? Most C&I customers aren’t interested

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, commercial and industrial customers, utility strategy, electric utilities
While many, if not most, consumers may shop around for the best prices, most commercial and industrial customers aren’t likely to switch electric utilities to shave money off their power bill. A survey from Frost & Sullivan says C&I customers think other things are more important.

Utilities agree on tough times ahead (but disagree on the future of transmission)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, smart grid trends
Utilities agree they will face strong competitors as the U.S. works to expand and upgrade the electric grid. But they certainly don’t agree on the future of transmission and how much change will occur over the next 10 years.

Tiny German village builds its own smart grid, and goes off grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy self sufficiency, German renewables
The debate over whether Germany’s aggressive renewables adoption initiative is working or failing has grabbed the headlines, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at a situation from a different point of view. Fed up with buying thousands of gallons of heating oil, a small German village built its own smart grid. And promptly went off grid.

Korea closes in on its goal: major smart grid technology exporter

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Korea, Korea smart grid, global business, smart grid markets
Korea has been working toward an ambitious goal for years: to become a prominent smart grid technology exporter. It’s yet another indicator of what the future will likely bring... more and tougher competition in the smart grid technology provider arena.

Solar’s biggest integration challenge: overgeneration?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, solar integration
Utilities have fretted over how to successfully adapt their operations to integrate increasing amounts of solar power. Now some solar stakeholders say their industry needs to make some changes of its own to avoid economic failure.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, situational awareness, advanced utility operations, electric utilities
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.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, IT and OT convergence, Schneider Electric, Internet of Things, electric utilities
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.

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