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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.

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.

The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

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As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.

The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence

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As utilities roll out new technologies, they sometimes find problems after the initial installations. That mistake can be costly and the negative publicity damaging. Guest contributor Angus Panton offers guidance to help utilities ensure that doesn’t happen: advance testing methods that can spot problems in meters and other devices before they’re delivered to customers.

Warning: California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities. Will your region be next?

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The California Public Utilities Commission is rewriting requirements for how utilities value distributed energy resources. Guest author Tom Osterhus says the changes will bring new value opportunities, but will be dangerous for utilities that fail to adapt. Click to read his explanation of what those changes will look like and what their impact will likely be.

Another expert writes a requiem for today's "traditional" utilities

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One view of the future for electric grids and utilities is a scenario that includes two types of distribution utilities, one responsible for maintaining grid operations and another that will sell energy services. Click to read an explanation of one increasingly popular concept of the new utility model: “distribution service operators.”

European power plants could be obsolete starting in 2020

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A new report says Europe’s centralized fossil-fuel power plants could be obsolete very soon as a direct result of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles. And the 2020 tipping point date? That’s when investment bank UBS believes the payback period for a rooftop solar system will be attractively short and batteries much less expensive.

What to do today to prepare for Big Change tomorrow (from a telecom veteran)

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With massive change coming in the utility business environment, it’s not hard to understand that figuring out how and where to begin to cope with it is a challenge. In the age of the data driven utility, guest author Thomas Zimmermann counsels utilities to take an incremental approach for the best outcome to what will be a major transformation.

U.S. wind energy industry is doing quite well too (It’s not all about solar)

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Wind power usually seems to play the wallflower in the renewable energy world where most of the attention is focused on solar. But two new DOE reports say the U.S. is a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world.

This week’s smart grid (and smart water) wins: projects, milestones and a merger

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Read this week’s smart grid wins roundup to learn about new projects and developments for a variety of smart grid and smart water companies. Also, don’t miss the news about the proposed merger between Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings.

Were we wrong about Germany? Can renewables make a grid MORE reliable?

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Critics routinely skewer Germany’s aggressive adoption of renewables, citing high power costs and grid instability as the inevitable results. But there are those who contend the country’s grid is more reliable because of renewables integration. Click to read what they’re saying and why.

The 5 essentials for better customer engagement

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Most utilities have customer engagement programs of some kind by now. But are they doing enough, doing it right? Guest author Martin Milani explains why a comprehensive strategy that cost-effectively engages customers across all touch points and programs is far better than stand-alone solutions. And he shares proven approaches for ensuring meaningful engagement.

The 7 technologies that are revolutionizing the transmission grid

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The U.S. transmission network is old. More than half of the country’s high voltage transmission lines have been in service for 25 years or longer. However, there are several new technologies that could help correct its inadequacies and enable it to meet 21st century demands. Click to learn about them.

The good news for solar that could be bad news for utilities (including much higher efficiency)

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Solar may seem like a threat utilities don’t really need to worry about quite yet, if ever in areas that don’t get a lot of sun and costs are high. But recent developments in the solar and energy storage industries could mean the time when today’s utility customers start generating their own power is coming soon.

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