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Grid optimization is the process of making the power grid as good as possible. But even though the grid optimization concept is simple, the practice is complex because it involves multiple variables and tradeoffs. In power grid optimization, we must find just the right balance between reliability, availability, efficiency and cost. Fortunately, the smart grid offers a number of grid optimization solutions. First, smart devices gather information, providing a more accurate and detailed understanding. Second, smart software analyzes that data and suggests grid optimization adjustments to wring maximum value from grid assets. Scroll down for grid optimization, Volt/VAR optimization and related resources.

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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.

Future of utilities: New England may opt for "outcomes-based" regulations

smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation, grid optimization, U.S. Northeast, grid modernization
The northeast region of the country is undergoing major changes that include rapid adoption of distributed generation, electric vehicles, smart buildings and more. Plus demands from regulators and ratepayers for a more resilient and dependable grid. Read the story for a look at the New England Clean Energy Council’s vision of the electricity future.

Con Edison’s post-Sandy storm hardening efforts are paying off

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Con Edison, grid resilience, grid optimization, outage management, electric utilities
Con Edison has worked to beef up its overhead power delivery system to ensure that outage numbers are down and that fewer customers are affected. The utility says its $1 billion investment has been more than worth it considering the results.

GE survey: Millions of Americans willing to pay more for a better grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, lessons learned, customer engagement, renewable energy, energy efficiency, GE, electric utilities
A new survey from GE’s Digital Energy business says millions of Americans are so concerned and frustrated with power outages they would pay more on their monthly power bill if it would ensure a more reliable grid. Click for details and other highlights from GE’s Grid Resilience Survey.

7 cutting edge resiliency technologies (New York is investigating them now)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, grid resiliency, outage management, energy, New York state
While superstorm Sandy is long gone, its harsh lessons remain fresh for the states affected by the devastation. New York recently funded seven research projects, most of them related to technologies for grid resilience, outage mitigation and improved energy efficiency, including microgrids.

The utility of the future? To start with, it shouldn’t have a grid, experts say

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, distribution, policy and regulation, Jon Wellinghoff, electric utilities
Ready for another twist in the discussion about what the utility of the future should or could be like? Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC chairman, and James Tong, strategy VP at Clean Power Finance, recommend taking grid operations out of utilities’ hands. Read on to find out why they believe it would significantly benefit the public, and how it could benefit utilities as well.

The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, electric utilities
Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex. We thought you would be interested in a collection of articles that address where and how utilities fit into the smart city equation.

Smart grid technology roundup: What’s new in metering, analytics and more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors
As the smart grid evolves, the companies providing the technologies that make it happen continually develop new products, enhance existing ones and add services. Click to read about some of those new offerings from Elster, ABB, Trimble, Schneider Electric, Ideal Power, Itron and others.

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.

Industry to Obama: We're BEGGING you for a national energy policy (and here's what should be in it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, national energy policy, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, NEMA
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is afraid DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, the closest thing the U.S. has to a national energy policy, will be a bust unless it yields more than a collection of unfocused ideas. Click to read some of the association’s nuts and bolts smart grid-related recommendations.

Forget Russia and China. The real threat to the power grid is from... the Sun???

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar storms, electric grid threats, electric utilities
Most of the threats to electric grids are well-known, from random shooting incidents to very well-orchestrated cyber attacks. Click the link to read about what could be a much more catastrophic threat from the sun… geomagnetic solar storms. “It may be a 100-year” event. So was Hurricane Sandy.

Modernizing America's Electric Grid

This report contains recommendations from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association submitted for consideration during the President’s Quadrennial Energy Review. The recommendations address modernizing America’s electric grid and include solutions for transmission, storage, distribution and resilience.

Nanogrids: Evolving our electricity systems from the bottom up

This paper defines nanogrids, delves into their existing and potential characteristics, and proposes some principles for standard interfaces between nanogrids and with microgrids.

Should we be working on a strong grid instead?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid resilience, grid modernization, grid optimization
With the number of power outages growing steadily since 1990, is it possible we should be focusing more on a strong and resilient power grid and less on how green it is? Click to read an argument that advocates reliability and strength over other goals.

Smart grid wins: It’s been a busy (and global) week for smart grid projects

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, energy storage, metering, transmission, communications
You’ll see some familiar and not so familiar names in this week’s roundup of smart projects and developments. It’s a diverse collection including metering, energy storage, outage management and more. And they’re happening in a variety of locations, from the US to Scotland, Saudi Arabia and India.

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