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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.

Why utilities need to to future-proof their mobile networks

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, mobile workforce, mobile communications networks, electric utilities
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.

Asset health webinar: How to potentially save millions in operations costs

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Don’t miss the opportunity to hear expert panelists dig into asset health management during a Fierce Energy-sponsored webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 10. Experts from Ventyx, an ABB company, and Microsoft will address the process and tools needed to address critical issues such as aging assets and how to leverage them for optimum performance. There is no charge for the webinar, but space is limited.

Aging grid assets? How to know which equipment to replace and when

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, predictive maintenance, asset health, Ventyx, electric utilities
The first article in this special issue explored asset health management system strategy and development. Here, guest author Shawn Lyndon shares his thoughts on predictive maintenance and a business tool capable of demonstrating the potential benefits of servicing or replacing aging assets before they fail.

End-to-end asset health: How AEP and others are moving into the future

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, asset health, asset health management systems, analytics, asset health strategy, electric utilities
Aging critical infrastructure, whether it’s transformers, breakers or other equipment, is a daily fact of life for most utilities. While many utilities have tried to piece together an asset health management system of some kind, many see it as too massive an undertaking or don’t take it far enough to be truly effective. Read about a different and much simpler approach to centralized full lifecycle management.

Why utilities are promoting EVs (and why they want customers to pay for it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging stations, renewable energy integration, electric utilities
Electric utilities are getting some flak from consumer groups for asking customers to help pay the cost of electric vehicle charging stations, even though many of those customers won’t be using them. Now would be the perfect time for utilities to explain to customers and regulators how valuable EV charging stations are when it comes to managing intermittent renewable energy.

Boulder / Xcel slapfest gets uglier -- Xcel asks FERC for help

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Xcel Energy, Boulder Colorado, electric utilities
Boulder, Colorado’s attempts to divorce Xcel Energy and set up its own municipal electric utility just took another turn in what is already a convoluted story. Xcel asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week to rule that the city can’t condemn the transmission line that surrounds it without the agency’s permission.

Australia and Europe have a power problem -- too MUCH power

smart grid, global smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Australia, Europe, power surplus, electric utilities
Australia and Europe have far more energy than they need. In Australia, it’s a matter of economics and reduced demand. In Europe, renewable energy subsidies led to the oversupply. Click to learn what the fallout will be as both regions respond to their energy gluts.

Want to get started on transactive energy and nanogrids? Steal this government software

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transactive energy, grid monitoring, grid optimization, electric utilities
It’s an “everything is connected” world where the centralized approach to sensing, intelligence and control no longer offers the visibility and quick response time needed to effectively monitor and manage the grid. Read on to learn about a transactive energy solution that can help.

Why New England’s power situation is precarious. (Did you guess pipelines?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, New England, power scarcity
Many regions of the country may have access to abundant power. But that doesn’t appear to be the case in New England where a shortage of natural gas pipelines has constrained supply and drove prices through the roof during this year’s severe winter. Read the story for details.

A quick look at EPA’s 30 by 30 Clean Power Plan (and what it means)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, EPA, DOE, Clean Power Plan, policy and regulation, electric utilities
EPA earlier this week announced its Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants 30% by 2030. We thought you would like to see a quick summary of the rule and how it will be applied.

Coming soon? Power lines that can tell you whether they are swaying in the wind

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, distribution, grid optimization, asset management, outage management, sensors, electric utilities
Power line movement can be a problem if a line blown by the wind touches trees, buildings or other lines. It can also cause line fatigue. A Washington state company recently filed a patent for putting accelerometers on power lines to determine if and how they are moving, which could help prevent mechanical failure.

Utilities: If you think solar rooftops are a pain, wait until solar streets get here

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar rooftops, solar roads, renewables integration, electric utilities
The controversy over rooftop solar and the challenges intermittent power sources present for utilities is far from over. But it might be time to make room for another: solar roads have reached the second prototype phase. Read on for details.

Aging grid assets? How to know what equipment to replace and when

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, asset management, analytics, electric utilities
Of course it would be great to know when to replace equipment before it fails. Aging infrastructure is a major concern for utilities, some say their most pressing challenge. Shawn Lyndon of Ventyx sheds light on how valuable asset health analytics can be for utilities facing aging equipment replacement.

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