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Distribution and substation automation improves reliability with real-time monitoring and intelligent control. Many analysts believe it is the secret to making the Smart Grid pay for itself. This section highlights the best stories, position papers, and technical information.

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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.

The next big smart grid race? It starts at the end of the driveway (the distribution transformer)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distribution transformers, smart meters, grid optimization, electric utilities
The smart grid initiative has so far mostly been taken up with smart meters, and AMI has been regarded as the tool to enable the beginnings of a smart grid. But what’s next? Guest author Brett Sargent points to the distribution transformer and explains why it’s the next big thing.

Proof that Google intends to take over the power grid

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Google has made very clear its intent to carve out a major space for itself in the home energy management market. And while there has been no public announcement yet, it looks like the search giant also plans to disrupt the utility space. Click to read why we think so.

Smart grid tech: A bit of what’s new from the technology sector

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors, distribution automation, communications, energy storage
The quest for better smart grid technologies and enhancements never stops. Read about GE Digital Energy’s new time synchronization solution, ABB’s latest secondary substation, a new analytics offering from C3 Energy and other platforms and devices.

Smart grid markets: Substantial growth expected for several sectors

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, home energy management, electric vehicles, smart cities, distribution automation, smart grid projects
Filtering through the massive quantity of smart grid market research reports to find what you’re looking for can be frustrating. Click to read a selection of interesting reports in smart cities, home energy management, distribution automation and other smart grid sectors.

Vortex Schmortex -- How one utility cut winter power outages in half

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The Polar Vortex-related heavy snows and extreme cold made a mess of the eastern half of the US this winter, and even clobbered southern cities that rarely see that type of weather. Yet one southern city managed to keep outages to a minimum. Guest authors David Wade and Mike Edmonds explain how.

A faster way to restore power? This company thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, sensors, distribution network sensors, distribution, electric utilities, markets and pricing
If there is such a thing as a quiet explosion, the phrase would accurately describe the growth of low-cost sensors for distribution networks. They’re becoming more widespread, more functional and smarter. Guest author Ashley Walter describes one such technology. Think of it as an example of what’s behind a quickly growing market.

Structure Group reveals six key trends (and how to prepare)

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In the grid modernization world, what’s coming next is always a top concern. What it is, what the impact will be and how to prepare are the questions hanging over our heads. Alex Lago and Rafael Ochoa of smart grid pioneer Structure Group share their thoughts on six trends now on the horizon, trends they believe utilities should be getting ready for.

The 4 most important smart grid lessons learned (courtesy of Black & Veatch)

smart grid, smart grid technology, lessons learned, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
In its first Strategic Directions report on utility automation, Black & Veatch shares the results of a survey conducted with utility executives about common challenges and possible opportunities. It’s worthwhile reading for all, but particularly for those executives who may be wondering “Is it just me, or…?”

Couldn’t make it this time? Read our dispatches from DistribuTECH

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DistribuTECH is in full swing at San Antonio’s Gonzalez Convention Center this week, so Smart Grid News will be reporting on news and announcements as they are released throughout the week. If you couldn’t attend this year, then our coverage may be the next best thing.

My, what a busy time of year for smart grid

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup features a variety of new projects, developments and recognitions. Click to read about Battelle’s pilot study on using water heaters for grid balancing, consumer engagement company PayGo’s agreement with Georgia Power and more activity in the smart grid sector.

The smart grid gets smarter: Here’s what our energy future will look like

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Our Ultimate Guide to AMI series concludes today with a fascinating look at the trends that will shape the future of the electric grid. And as Elster's Ron Pate gazes into his crystal ball, he predicts no part of the grid will undergo more dramatic change in coming years than the distribution side. Find out why - and what else he sees coming that will make today's smart grid smarter than ever.

What can we really expect from distribution automation?

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We continue our Next Next Thing article series with a deep dive discussion from our expert guest authors on distribution automation. From their comments you’ll see why DA has become such a big part of the smart grid dialogue, and why it will likely have a major influence on the direction of grid modernization.

Smart grid wins: so many different projects, so many different places

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Our smart grid wins this week are literally all over the map, from Oklahoma to California and from Ecuador to Greece. And a lot of variety too, from SaaS to V2G aggregation, metering, home area networks and voltage optimization.

Smart grid wins: a quick look at new projects

smart grid, smart grid deployment, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, renewables, customer engagement, transmission
Read about Trina Solar’s installations in China, ABB’s transmission project in Poland and Cape Wind’s new agreement with Siemens to provide turbines for the first U.S. offshore wind farm. There’s more where that came from in this week’s roundup of smart grid wins.

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