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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.

4 ways you can help SGN (and one way to slap us upside the head)

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If you like what we’re doing here at Smart Grid News, we’re hoping you might take a moment to spread the word. If you don't like what we're doing, well, we need to hear that too. Click inside to see what we have in mind.

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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.

Suggested smart grid resources

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We suggest these resources when you're looking for further information on important smart grid topics.

Get our latest infographic: How to make your smart grid even smarter

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We can’t predict with certainty what the smart grid of tomorrow will look like. But we can identify the trends that are most likely to shape it and act accordingly. A new infographic from Elster Solutions highlights the top 10 trends most likely to change today’s smart grid, and it’s available now as a free download.

Utilities: More evidence that smart grids are morphing into smart cities

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Silver Spring Networks showcased its successful multi-application, IPv6-based smart street light and smart city solutions recently. That’s not the entire story though. It also is a perfect reminder that utilities should be preparing for the added responsibilities they will have when cities that want to become smart cities ask them to pitch in.

Longest transmission link delivers renewable power

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ABB has commissioned what it says is the longest transmission link in the world. The 2,400-kilometer HVDC connection stretches almost all the way across Brazil and will transmit electricity from two hydropower plants to the country’s primary economic center, São Paulo.

3 ideas you can borrow from Italian giant Enel (including crowdsourcing)

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In utility circles Italy’s Enel is highly regarded as a pioneer, ahead of the pack in a number of areas. The company’s new ventures in training and retaining skilled employees, crowdsourcing to improve hydro plant efficiency, and participation in a new approach to distributed generation are the latest examples of its commitment to innovation.

Generation 4 smart meters: the latest evolution in Sensus technology

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Sensus has unveiled a new contribution to smart grid technology: its new Generation 4 smart meters. As company president Randy Bays put it, the goal was to develop a meter capable of improving operational efficiency for customers, utilities and cities alike. Click to learn more about the new offering.

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

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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.

Two smart meter pioneers who may be takeover targets (because of their patents)

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Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the smart grid sector, and equity analyst Louis Basenese expects the trend to continue. Why? Against the background of an aging electric grid, the big companies understand innovation is crucial and that cutting edge companies have it. Read on to learn why he believes two pioneering companies could be in their sights.

Get our latest infographic: 4 things to look for in a workflow solution

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One smart way utilities can prepare for inevitable changes ahead is to significantly upgrade their day-to-day operations. And a smart way to do that is with a business workflow solution. Learn how to pick the right one with our new (free) infographic.

Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance)

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While some may initially balk at the idea of sharing utility communications networks with another operation, such as a water department, both can benefit tremendously from sharing a network and information. Click to read about a private electric utility and a city water department that plan to do just that. It’s said to be the first collaboration of its kind.

Munis and coops: Your 7 biggest smart grid screw-ups (IOUs -- you could learn something too)

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Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities need to be vigilant about pitfalls that could interfere with the returns they expect from smart grid investments. A report from the Smart Grid Research Consortium identifies seven problem areas that are increasingly causing disappointing returns (along with recommendations for how to ensure that doesn’t happen).

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