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

data analytics, advanced analytics, analytics buying guide, benefits of analytics, big data, Oncor analytics initiative, IBM analytics
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

utility asset management, utility strategic asset management, advanced analytics for utilities, UTILICASE strategic asset management, Strategic asset management eBook
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

grid optimization, smart grid, Volt/VAR optimization, Volt/VAR control, grid optimization solutions
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.

Hawaiian Electric testing smart water heaters for several grid applications

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid optimization, smart water heaters, Hawaiian Electric, electric utilities, demonstration projects
Smart water heaters are not new, but they have typically been used for demand response applications. Hawaiian Electric will test how effective they can be in other roles. Utility officials think they may be able to help manage an electric grid that has been heavily integrated with intermittent solar power.

Smart water meter market to almost double in a few years

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets
While the U.S. is leading in the adoption of smart water meters now, the real growth is in Europe where France is the fastest growing market, analysts say. Read about this and more market news in this week’s smart grid market roundup.

Beijing takes its large electric substations underground

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, substation innovation, Beijing
Beijing has solved the problem of large power substations getting in the way of development. How? By installing them underground. It is certainly an idea worth considering as cities become more densely populated.

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.

DHS warns of serious cyber threat to critical U.S. infrastructure

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, security, cybersecurity, cyber attacks, Russia, electric utilities
The Department of Homeland Security has warned of a serious cyber threat to transmission grids, oil and gas pipelines, water systems and more critical infrastructure. The Russian government, DHS says, appears to be behind the threat.

World Bank loans Vietnam $500M for transmission efficiency project

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, energy efficiency, Vietnam electric grid
The populations of its major cities and economic centers are growing so quickly that Vietnam has been hurrying to upgrade its electric grid and boost its efficiency to meet demand. As part of that push, the country will receive a $500 million World Bank loan to build new transmission lines and incorporate smart grid technologies.

Smart grid wins: new projects in energy storage, metering and more

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Smart grid wins for this week include a new energy storage project for Stem, Silver Spring Networks’ customer engagement and energy efficiency deal with Consumers Energy, metering projects for Atos and GE and more project news.

Schneider, Awesense tackle distribution grid losses

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distribution grids, line loss, Schneider Electric, Awesense
Transmission and distribution grid power losses do more than affect grid reliability. As utilities know, they cost money. Schneider Electric and Awesense are working together to develop solutions to remedy the problems of lost power and lost revenue. Click for details.

Are microgrids ready for prime time? Not until they’re standardized, ORNL says

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, R&D, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Yes, microgrids are a hot topic. And some eastern states have microgrid initiatives in place as a strategy to reduce the impact of increasingly severe weather. But a researcher at a DOE national lab says microgrids need to be standardized before they can be truly compatible with main grids and each other. Read about what the lab is doing to achieve that.

Alstom to advance microgrid work in Philadelphia

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, Alstom, demonstration projects
Microgrids are gaining a higher profile in conversations about improving the electric grid. Now Alstom and its partners will research and design a demonstration of advanced microgrid technology at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard that will combine several smart grid technologies. Click for details on what the project will entail.

Florida Power & Light: Taking intelligence to the edge of the network

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, disributed intelligence, S&C Electric, Florida Power & Light, outage prevention, electric utilities
Every once in a while an announcement is more than just an announcement. And so it is with a recent one from FP&L. Read about the forward-thinking utility’s decision to employ distributed intelligence to improve reliability and reduce outages and associated costs. We consider it a tipping point.

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