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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.

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.

New tools you can use for smart grid consumer education

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, customer engagement, customer engagement strategies, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, electric utilities
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.

How the Polar Vortex almost killed the grid (are you ready for next time?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, outage management, cold weather strategies, electric utilities
Utilities know how to deal with periods of extremely hot weather, but very cold weather throws an entirely different kind of challenge at them. A new report from NERC found that the U.S. electric grid managed to get by during the extreme cold of the Polar Vortex early this year, but barely.

Are smart phones the bridge to automated demand response?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, demand response, automated demand response, ADR, electric utilities
Manual demand response programs do help, but they’re nowhere close to the automated demand response needed today. A California startup has come up with what could be one promising solution, and it involves smart phones. Click for details.

More about the plan to turn distribution utilities into "distribution system operators"

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As more customers adopt new technologies that enable them to generate and manage energy, the electric distribution system becomes more complex… and needs a new management approach to keep up. We’re sharing a Q&A from America’s Power Plan that further explains one proposed solution, the distribution system operator model.

Participants wanted for utility evolution benchmarking study

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid strategies, electric utilities
The energy industry is changing, and the changes are coming faster all the time in technology, regulation and energy capital markets. Energy marketing and research firm McDonnell Group is conducting a benchmarking study designed to help utilities understand and address those changes. If you’d like to participate, read the story for details and how to sign on.

Get our latest infographic: How to make your smart grid even smarter

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We can’t predict with certainty what the smart grid of tomorrow will look like. But we can identify the trends that are most likely to shape it and act accordingly. A new infographic from Elster Solutions highlights the top 10 trends most likely to change today’s smart grid, and it’s available now as a free download.

NYC embarks on massive public building energy efficiency initiative

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New York City is at it again. The city has committed to a massive retrofit of the city’s public buildings to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. The city says it expects $8.5 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over 10 years.

New evidence that solar progress is accelerating

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar power, smart grid trends, renewables, electric utilities
Utility executives who think solar won’t be cost-competitive in their area anytime soon may choose to re-think that assumption. Three new reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory confirm that the price of electricity from large-scale solar projects has dropped dramatically over the past few years, and so has the cost of rooftop solar installations.

Utilities: Time is on your side (not Father Time, the magazine Time)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business model, smart grid strategy, renewable energy, utility allies, electric utilities
Utilities have found some supportive (if unexpected) allies in organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, a former critic argues that utilities won’t, and shouldn’t, go away. They just need a better business model. Click for details.

Testing steps that allow utilities to confidently roll out smart devices

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Testing is as important for smart meters as it is for any other device. And of course it is best to ensure that those meters are as defect-free as possible and capable of functioning as intended BEFORE they are installed at customers’ homes. Click to read valuable tips about advance testing that will help ensure a trouble-free operation.

Utilities: More evidence that smart grids are morphing into smart cities

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Silver Spring Networks showcased its successful multi-application, IPv6-based smart street light and smart city solutions recently. That’s not the entire story though. It also is a perfect reminder that utilities should be preparing for the added responsibilities they will have when cities that want to become smart cities ask them to pitch in.

A new tool for finding cost savings in smart grid initiatives

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The Smart Grid Research Consortium is out with a new offering designed to help utilities improve their smart grid initiatives to provide more benefits and cut costs. The Executive Strategy Assessment Service is intended for cooperatives and public utilities that are beginning their smart grid programs as well as those with programs well under way.

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