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

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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.

Strategic Asset Management: A Primer for Electric Utilities

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Utilities are now getting much more data about their equipment via meters, sensors and other intelligent devices and seeing the benefits of software that can pull together all that information and make sense of it. As a result, strategic asset management is entering its next phase, which is the focus of our latest eBook developed with the experts at UTILICASE. Download the free eBook to learn how your utility can glean the benefits of advanced analytics to develop a more strategic asset care program.

Grid optimization toolkit

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Smart meters may get most of the attention, but many would argue that grid optimization is how utilities and their customers are going to get the most bang for their buck. So what is grid optimization, and how do we bring it out of the smart grid closet? You'll find answers in our one-stop grid optimization toolkit, which is packed with the analysis, trends and resources you need to get up to speed.

Electric power transmission toolkit

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How are we going to turn our frail and neglected electric power transmission system into a secure and reliable smart grid? It’s a critical and timely issue, which is why we’ve loaded this toolkit with some of the best analysis, most-promising trends and smartest research relating to next steps in electric power transmission.

Of submarines and advanced utility operations: network resilience strategies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, machine learning, network resilience, electric utilities, US Navy
In the second part of this series comparing nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations, author Mike Varney shares his thoughts on why incorporating data into network resilience planning is essential and advocates for taking advantage of new technologies that can help utilities maintain efficiency and profitability.

Smart grid wins from around the world

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This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.

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.

Smart grid wins: projects, a partnership and acquisitions

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This week’s smart grid wins features new projects for Landis+Gyr, Silver Spring Networks and SourceOne as well as acquisitions for Ericsson and Kamstrup. Also, Comverge and Constellation have agreed to combine their demand response businesses for commercial and industrial customers. Click for details.

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.

From NIST: the final version of smart grid interoperability standards has arrived

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has just released its final version of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0. The new framework is the latest incarnation of the plan to transform the country’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distribution system, distribution system operators, asset management, electric utilities
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.

Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.

New technology: A sampling of the latest offerings for the smart grid

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There seems to be a steady flow of technologies appropriate for the smart grid sector market. Read about Idaho Power’s new renewables integration tool designed to help grid operators use wind power more effectively, Oracle’s new offering to help utilities reach greater operational efficiency and more new releases in solar tech and asset reliability management.

The utility that wants to build microgrids for customers (should you do the same?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, policy and regulation, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Some utilities think of microgrids as a threat, although they very well could be a new business opportunity and one of the ways electric service providers help ensure themselves of a sustainable future. Read the story to learn about the approach Central Hudson Gas & Electric is proposing and why.

Why utilities need to to future-proof their mobile networks

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The move toward improved grid resiliency and reliability depends to a large degree on effective communications with workers in the field. And that of course means ensuring mobile networks are flexible enough to anticipate and accommodate changes in the business environment. Guest author Lee Johnson explains why flexibility is so important and shares thoughts on how to achieve it.

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