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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.

Utility professionals: If you work on the market side, you'll want to tap this new tool

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid markets and pricing, Ventyx, electric utilities
How many utility professionals can find the time to follow all the latest news and numerous reports to keep up with industry trends and markets? Probably not many. Click to read about a new offering from ABB subsidiary Ventyx: the “Energy Markets Intelligence” website. It can make keeping up with North American industry trends and market opportunities downright convenient.

A new tool to improve utility resiliency. (Did you know about fully submersible switchgear?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, power outage prevention, S&C Electric, electric utilities
Many communities are pushing to bury their power lines underground to minimize weather-related outages. But that’s not going to do much good in the many parts of the U.S. susceptible to flooding. One part of the solution is flood-resistant equipment. Read on to learn about S&C Electric’s new offering: submersible, water-resistant switchgear.

Forget about Big Data: webinar replays and presentation materials

Smart Grid, data analytics, big data, small data, forget about big data webinar, eMeter data analytics, CenterPoint Energy analytics, Duke Energy analytics, SGN webinar
Want to get your utility started down the data analytics path – but not ready to commit to a platform and the enterprise-class software that goes with it? Click to watch replays from SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy explained why a start-small approach can make a lot of sense.

Forget about Big Data webinar slide deck

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Download the presentation materials used in SGN's April 2, 2014 webinar where experts from eMeter, a Siemens Business, CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy discussed advantages of a smart small approach to data analytics.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, grid automation. power outages, self-healing technology, electric utilities, S&C, EPB, electric utilities
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.

Why smart streetlights are the gateway drug for smart grids (and smart cities)

smart grid, modern grid, smart cities, smart street lights, Silver Spring Networks, electric utilities
Cities throughout the world are jumping on the smart street lights bandwagon as a practical way to significantly cut their electric power expenses and save energy. But once that network is up and running, there are a lot more ways cities can take advantage of it for smart grid and smart cities applications.

Itron announcement validates growing managed services trend

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, managed services, smart grid markets, Itron, smart grid trends, electric utilities
Managed services have been catching on with utility executives who realize they don’t need to make major investments in a data center and expert staff when they can hire a company to provide the computing power and expertise they want. With Itron’s announcement of its AMI and other managed services package, utilities now have another option to consider.

Want to cash in on the smart grid? Go to Chattanooga (they have an incubator)

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Chattanooga, home to one of America’s most robust smart grids, is inviting entrepreneurs to take advantage of its incubator program on smart grid innovation. The program offers funding access, grid information, suppliers and more. But you’d better hurry. The first round of applications closes March 14.

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

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid deployment, cybersecurity, microgrids, EVs, advanced distribution management systems, electric utilities, Structure Group
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.

Philadelphia's Navy Yard maps its energy future

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With help from industry heavyweights such as Alstom Grid, Philadelphia's Navy Yard has a new energy master plan to take it into the future. Click to see what's next for the private electric grid – including its role as a testing ground for new technologies.

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