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Snag your copy of our latest eBook: The Ultimate Guide to AMI

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Developed with leading industry experts, SGN's new eBook offering is a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink compendium of AMI best practices, lessons learned and future directions. Don't miss it; click to download your free copy.

SCADA Buying Guide Part 1: Start with a by-the-book scoping process

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When you're in the market for a supervisory control and data acquisition - SCADA - system, the safest scoping process typically consists of three phases: project research and planning, request for proposal and vendor evaluation/selection. Click for a discussion of each.

We may not need utilities much longer says former COO (and how to prove him wrong)

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Large central utilities are losing public and regulatory support and risk becoming a casualty of the shift to self-sufficiency that will take place in much of the world, say the authors of a recently published essay. There is, however, much that utilities can do to steer clear of that dire future. Click for details.

All eyes are on rooftop solar… but what about BIG (utility-scale) solar?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, U.S. solar industry, utility-scale solar power, markets and pricing, electric utilities
It seems everyone is talking about rooftop solar, its dramatic growth, the subsidies, net metering and how it will change utilities and how they operate. But utility-scale solar still represents most of the solar growth in the U.S. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy reports on the current status of “big solar” and why more and more environmental groups and others are raising red flags about it.

Unions see the handwriting -- they are retraining for a net zero energy world

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We recently reported on Italian utility Enel’s new program to train the skilled workforce needed for a modern, decentralized electric grid. Innovations in training are happening in the U.S. too. Thousands of union electrical workers will be trained every year in smart grid technologies like grid-scale storage, renewable energy and advanced energy efficiency at the new Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute. Click for details.

Smart grid funding: DOE, other agencies continue to invest in projects and R&D

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The era of billions in smart grid investment and demonstration grants may be gone, but DOE and other federal agencies continue to steadily invest in grid resilience and a more secure energy future. We take a look at some recent examples in a variety of technologies.

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.

This week’s smart grid wins... new projects, new partnerships

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes news from all over the map, from Germany and France to Hawaii and Ontario. Read the story to learn about a variety of new projects from Siemens, Itron, Stem, Schneider Electric and others.

A very different kind of wave energy device (it operates well below the waves)

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Many industry observers see wave energy as a remote possibility, one of those “out there” technologies, if they consider it at all. However, several companies have quietly gone about their business building and testing a variety of devices to convert marine energy into electric power. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy shares one of the latest developments.

Desperate German utilities will try to become solar leasing companies

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Germany’s largest utilities did not participate in the country’s solar boom and are losing market share and profits because of it. Click to read about how they plan to get back in the game and what some of their options could be.

What's the future of utilities? Hawaii has one answer

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Hawaii’s electricity landscape is changing dramatically. In response to demands from regulators, the state’s utilities have provided plans for how they will reduce power bills and meet a target of providing two-thirds of the state’s electricity with renewables by 2030. Hawaii’s experiences will be worth watching because they could provide a glimpse of the not too distant future for other parts of the country.

How California's net metering law is making Elon Musk even richer (and the poor even poorer)

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California’s net metering policy intended that subsidies be paid to electricity customers who produce onsite energy with rooftop solar installations. The problem is that most of those subsidies go to solar leasing companies while customers receive very little. Click for details on a study by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation that lays out the issues and shortcomings.

6 lessons from Estonia's smart metering push

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It’s always good to be able to learn from the experiences of others. Now that Estonia is halfway through its smart meter deployment program, a number of valuable lessons have surfaced. Read the story to find out what the program’s project manager sees as the most important takeaways.

Sensus smart meter fire woes continue to mount

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News accounts of utilities removing Sensus smart meters because of fire concerns have continued, despite the apparent lack of evidence the company’s meters were responsible for any of the fires reported. The company’s new generation of smart meters, which includes high temperature detection technology and other safety features, may help it clear this latest hurdle.

Smart grid wins: What’s new with smart grid companies and projects

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from EV charging and Volt/VAR optimization to solar and a managed smart metering partnership in India. It also covers new funding for smart grid and related technologies and Echelon’s agreement to sell its smart grid business.

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