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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.

The essential next step for distributed energy (a transparent market that includes end users)

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Distributed energy resources (DER) are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in places like California and the Northeast. And growth will continue. But what now? Guest author Alicia Abrams outlines why and how a transparent and flexible energy market would leverage the very real potential of those energy resources.

The essential next step for distributed energy (a transparent market that includes end users)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed energy resources, DERs, energy markets, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Distributed energy resources (DER) are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in places like California and the Northeast. And growth will continue. But what now? Guest author Alicia Abrams outlines why and how a transparent and flexible energy market would leverage the very real potential of those energy resources.

Lessons from the field: Progress in integrating distributed energy (and creating virtual power plants)

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The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative, a seven-year program of field demonstrations concentrating on integrating distributed energy resources, has been making real progress. Click to read some highlights from the latest EPRI update and for access to the full version.

Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.

The march to renewables: Congress may extend and expand tax credits

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A bill recently introduced in Congress would extend the production tax credit for wind power and provide the solar industry with the same access to credits at the beginning of project construction. Electric utilities will want to keep an eye on this one because it could affect their plans for future grid upgrades. Click for details on the legislation.

New evidence that solar progress is accelerating

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Utility executives who think solar won’t be cost-competitive in their area anytime soon may choose to re-think that assumption. Three new reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory confirm that the price of electricity from large-scale solar projects has dropped dramatically over the past few years, and so has the cost of rooftop solar installations.

Nevada fire chiefs want to investigate the safety of smart meters

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Two Nevada fire chiefs believe smart meters were related to a series of residential fires in their jurisdictions. While NV Energy, which installed the meters, says a state fire marshal’s investigation already found the meters were not a fire hazard, the fire chiefs are calling for the state PUC to conduct its own investigation. Click for details.

New technology: A sampling of the latest offerings for the smart grid

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There seems to be a steady flow of technologies appropriate for the smart grid sector market. Read about Idaho Power’s new renewables integration tool designed to help grid operators use wind power more effectively, Oracle’s new offering to help utilities reach greater operational efficiency and more new releases in solar tech and asset reliability management.

Cap and trade -- coming soon to a state near you

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Cap and trade may at first glance seem to have nothing to do with the smart grid, but it would have a profound impact on renewables integration, energy efficiency and more if enacted. While no action is expected from Congress, states could take up cap and trade to help them deal with the new EPA rules on power plant emissions reductions.

Webinar: Preparing for smart meter deployment and the mobile market

Join IBM for a FierceLive! Webinar on Sept. 30th to learn how to efficiently test scalability and to prepare the back office for the mobility and data explosion while keeping customers satisfied within your generation and delivery network.

Why utilities need to to future-proof their mobile networks

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The move toward improved grid resiliency and reliability depends to a large degree on effective communications with workers in the field. And that of course means ensuring mobile networks are flexible enough to anticipate and accommodate changes in the business environment. Guest author Lee Johnson explains why flexibility is so important and shares thoughts on how to achieve it.

Testing steps that allow utilities to confidently roll out smart devices

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Testing is as important for smart meters as it is for any other device. And of course it is best to ensure that those meters are as defect-free as possible and capable of functioning as intended BEFORE they are installed at customers’ homes. Click to read valuable tips about advance testing that will help ensure a trouble-free operation.

Energy storage: Is the time finally right for grid-integrated water heaters?

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It’s an old idea, the concept of using a fleet of water heaters for energy storage. But with the help of new technology, demonstration projects are proving that water heaters (and space heaters) can be an effective element in grid-scale energy storage strategies.

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