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Short on time? Take our quick tour of current smart grid market research

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid market research, microgrids, customer engagement, cybersecurity
There’s a wealth of electricity industry and smart grid market research out there, frequently too much to follow. For a quick overview, take a look at a selection of some of the latest research, from trends in customer engagement and microgrids to combined heat and power and cybersecurity.

Read all about it… smart grid wins in energy storage, metering and more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, energy storage, metering, transmission, demonstration projects
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from smart electric and water meters to transmission and a new energy storage pilot project for partners Hitachi and Demansys. It also covers new developments in monitoring, renewable energy and a new smart grid project.

First result from Connecticut's big microgrid push

smart grid, modern grid, microgrids, grid resilience, grid reliability, Connecticut, electric utilities
Microgrids have caused a lot of buzz in energy industry circles, but they haven’t really had much of a track record to assess. Connecticut’s microgrid expansion initiative may change that. And the state’s governor is all for it. He wants at least one microgrid for reliable backup power in every town in the state.

Why microgrids are making progress in the Midwest

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, microgrid markets, microgrid penetration, efficiency, smart grid strategy
Microgrid installations are growing in the Midwest, even in regions where hurricanes and superstorms aren’t an issue. Read the story to find out what is behind the growth spurt and why microgrids are getting closer to the inflection point where they will become a more popular option for a variety of applications.

Disruption ahead! Nanogeneration and nanogrids could change everything

smart grid, smart grid technology, nanogeneration, nanogrids, renewable energy, smart grid trends, disruptive technologies, electric utilities
If you’re getting tired of constant disruptive change in our industry, we don’t want to be the bearers of bad tidings… but there’s more to come. Click to read about new concepts for power generation and power distribution that could dramatically change our future.

Nano-grid: Small scale DC Microgrid for Residential Houses with Cogeneration System in Each House

The microgrid system is a district energy network of distributed generators, such as cogeneration systems and renewable energy (wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, etc.). They are suitable for large scale applications. This paper proposes a small scale microgrid system for apartments, called "Nanogrid,” with each having small cogeneration systems and electrical power that can be shared among them.

The top five microgrid customer benefits

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, local microgrids, consumer engagement, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Guest author Stuart McCafferty notes that microgrids are not always the optimal solution -- but when they are a good fit for power companies’ organizational needs that investment should include benefits for consumers too. He shares and explains some of the more common as well as provocative customer benefits microgrids can offer.

This may be the key to massive microgrid growth (Hint: Financing)

smart grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, smart grid markets, Microgrid-as-a-Service, smart grid strategy, electric utilities, Lux Research
Yes, microgrids have been making inroads in several areas. They can be found anywhere from data centers to telecom stations and homes. Lux Research explains why the next logical step in the sector will be Microgrid-as-a-Service – and why the firm’s researchers believe it is the best new business model for capitalizing on a growing market.

Microgrids: The next logical step for the military

smart grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, U.S. military, Department of Defense, smart grid strategy
The U.S. military has had a long and well-documented interest in renewable energy to reduce its dependence on the grid. Now guest author Stuart McCafferty provides a detailed account and explanation of what the Department of Defense is doing with microgrids.

Electric power's five biggest challenges: Part Three -- Multi-customer microgrids

smart grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, smart grid strategy, smart grid trends, electric utilities
Next up in our series on electric power’s five biggest challenges: enhanced reliability through multi-customer microgrids. Guest authors Steve Hauser of New West Technologies and Becky Harrison of GridWise Alliance offer an interesting discussion of this evolving technology and others.

Doing it right: Top 6 things to consider when developing microgrids

smart grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, microgrid design and planning, strategy, electric utilities
As interest and confidence in microgrids grow, more utilities, campuses, governments and others are turning to them for solutions in a variety of areas. But they are no small investment and a mistake in planning and design could mean disaster. Stuart McCafferty of GridIntellect offers detailed recommendations for getting microgrid systems right, from start to finish.

The 10 changes utilities will face in 2014

smart grid, electric utilities, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid forecasts, IDC Energy Insights
It’s that time of year again, time for a cornucopia of predictions about what’s to come. IDC Energy Insight’s 10 predictions for what utilities can expect in 2014 probably won’t surprise our readers. But they do serve as a good reminder of the challenges ahead.

San Diego Gas & Electric continues smart grid pioneering ways

Smart grid, smart grid technology, San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Gas & Electric has been earning recognition for its smart grid and transportation efforts for some time, and it has more than 50 active smart grid projects on the books. Click inside for a quick update on what SDG&E is up to now.

How billionaire Larry Ellison is helping to destroy utilities

Smart grid, microgrids, energy trends, strategy, markets, electric utilities
The microgrid market is expected to grow substantially in the next several years as acceptance spreads, with at least a little help from some high-profile opinion leaders. It’s a good time for utilities to have one eye on the horizon and the other on their revenues.

Energy assurance planning: The business case for microgrids

Smart grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, grid reliability, energy assurance planning, EnerNex, strategy
Local initiatives to ensure a reliable, disaster-resistant energy supply frequently zero in on microgrids. But it’s tough to justify the cost if those microgrids are just going to sit idly most of the time waiting for something to happen. Rick Wornat of EnerNex weighs in on the challenges… and he has a solution to share.

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