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The Smart Grid won't happen without leadership from the utility industry. In this section, you'll get a sense of how some of today's forward-thinking utilities are stepping up to the task.

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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.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, job training, plant operations, plant efficiency, distributed generation, Enel, electric utilities
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.

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.

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.

Revisit our webinar on engaging small commercial customers

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If you missed or would like to review the materials used in our Dec. 12, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar on engaging small commercial utility customers, click for links to the presentation deck, webinar recording and a related infographic series. The webinar featured experts from Pulse Energy, PG&E and ACEEE and was moderated by SGN Chief Analyst Jesse Berst.

Webinar presentation deck: The Science of Engaging Small Commercial Customers

Download the presentation materials used in the Dec. 12, 2013 Lessons from the Real World webinar featuring experts from Pulse Energy, PG&E and ACEEE offering best practices for electric utilities to engage small commercial customers.

Projects, funding and more in this week’s smart grid wins

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Some big names and others you may not have heard a lot about are featured in this week’s smart grid wins. Read about a sustainable energy project on remote African islands, a new microgrid, Army and Navy energy efficiency audits, as well as partnership and financing news.

Power and utility execs give economy a big thumbs up

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A survey of more than 200 global power and utility executives found 67% believe the economy is improving – a 20% increase over six months ago. That's according to a new confidence barometer from Ernst & Young. Click for more survey results, including what execs say their top priority is going forward.

Reliant's consumer-focused ad spots rake in awards (and chuckles)

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Who says utilities can't have a little fun? Texas-based Reliant has been piling on awards for its clever advertising spots – recently winning kudos from E Source, InsightExpress and the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). Click for a peek at one of the winning spots that features Armadillo Al in fine form.

Smart energy as a smart city driver (and why utilities need to be at the table)

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Given the critical role energy plays in just about everything that happens in a city, utilities – municipals, coops and investor owned – should take a front row seat in discussions about the future of cities they serve. A new manual has some of the talking points you'll want when you sit down with city leaders.

Monetizing smart street lights: A bright idea being tested in San Diego

Smart Grid, smart street lights, smart street light grid, San Diego Gas & Electric street lights, monetizing street lights
One of the biggest energy cost centers for cities is the street light grid. So turning that grid into a revenue generator seems like a bright idea – and that's just one objective of a first-of-its-kind smart street light pilot under way in San Diego Gas & Electric territory. Read what the project has already achieved in cost savings and efficiency.

PSE&G's $446 million solar plan that uses brownfields and landfills inches forward

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New Jersey's largest utility wants to invest $446 million in solar. More than half of it would go to plant solar farms atop landfills and brownfields in the Garden State. Public Service Electric & Gas announced Tuesday it has preliminary approval from state regulators with a final decision due by month's end.

First Walmart, then Verizon - and now a how-to guide for divorcing your utility

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An Austin-based IT consultancy has just published a short guide on how to "take your office off the grid." It doesn't really say much new, but it does illustrate a concerning trend - more and more businesses are coming to believe that grid divorce is desirable and possible. We told you about Walmart; click to read how Verizon is parting ways with utilities.

Storm Soldiers

This film from Hubbell Power Systems explores the life and times of journeyman linemen, apprentices and their families. Their team has traveled all over North America documenting the stories of the lineman brotherhood.

Smart grid policy: Are California's mandates out of control?

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We told you about the Wall Street Journal editorial warning that California's renewables mandates could have bad consequences, and about the strong response to it from the state's PUC. Today we've got another perspective that we think you'll find of interest, this time from Ted Craver, Chairman, President and CEO of Edison International.

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