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Boulder discovers challenges to becoming its own utility

Xcel Energy, Boulder, Colorado, municipal utilities, smart grid, modern grid, electric utilities
The city of Boulder is finding out that divorcing electric service provider Xcel could become a lot harder than anticipated. While no one expected the city’s effort to set up its own municipal electric utility would be carefree and painless, escalating costs alone could be a make or break obstacle.

Will the new EPA rules hurt grid reliability? Here's what FERC has to say

EPA, FERC, EPA Clean Power Plan, transmission, smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation
FERC told a Senate subcommittee last week that EPA’s Clean Power Plan wouldn’t harm the reliability of the transmission grid. But it turns out comments from FERC commissioners left room for interpretation. Click to learn about two different points of view.

Get our latest infographic: 4 things to look for in a workflow solution

Smart Grid, utility operations, utility workflow solution, Elster workflow solution, Elster smart grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
One smart way utilities can prepare for inevitable changes ahead is to significantly upgrade their day-to-day operations. And a smart way to do that is with a business workflow solution. Learn how to pick the right one with our new (free) infographic.

Con Edison’s post-Sandy storm hardening efforts are paying off

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Con Edison, grid resilience, grid optimization, outage management, electric utilities
Con Edison has worked to beef up its overhead power delivery system to ensure that outage numbers are down and that fewer customers are affected. The utility says its $1 billion investment has been more than worth it considering the results.

A quick global look at smart grid wins

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, vendors, smart grid projects
This week’s collection of smart grid project and development news is a good example of how global the smart grid initiative really is. Read about EnerNOC’s Switzerland project, ABB’s transmission win in the UK, Cyan’s partnership to open up the Sub-Saharan African market and more stories.

GE survey: Millions of Americans willing to pay more for a better grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, lessons learned, customer engagement, renewable energy, energy efficiency, GE, electric utilities
A new survey from GE’s Digital Energy business says millions of Americans are so concerned and frustrated with power outages they would pay more on their monthly power bill if it would ensure a more reliable grid. Click for details and other highlights from GE’s Grid Resilience Survey.

Should you enroll your utility in this expanded cybersecurity program?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, cybersecurity, smart grid security, NERC, electric utilities
Electric utilities often find themselves between a rock and a hard place, and cybersecurity is a good example. If they share security problems they risk damaging their stock prices or attracting more attention from hackers. If they don’t share, other utilities could be at risk. But changes in an automated data sharing program could give them some much needed breathing room.

No million by 2015, but electric vehicles are surging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, plug-in electric vehicles, EV sales
While the numbers make it clear that President Obama’s goal of one million plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 won’t be met, that’s no reason for disappointment. As Pete Danko of Breaking Energy found, plug-in EV sales are growing at an astonishing rate… if more slowly than many had expected.

Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Itron, electric utilities, water utilities, smart water, smart grid strategy
While some may initially balk at the idea of sharing utility communications networks with another operation, such as a water department, both can benefit tremendously from sharing a network and information. Click to read about a private electric utility and a city water department that plan to do just that. It’s said to be the first collaboration of its kind.

7 cutting edge resiliency technologies (New York is investigating them now)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, grid resiliency, outage management, energy, New York state
While superstorm Sandy is long gone, its harsh lessons remain fresh for the states affected by the devastation. New York recently funded seven research projects, most of them related to technologies for grid resilience, outage mitigation and improved energy efficiency, including microgrids.

Smart meter fire fears spreading to other parts of Canada

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter backlash, electric utilities
Canadian utility SaskPower was ordered to replace all smart meters it installed after eight minor fires were linked to the meters, despite protests from the meter maker that their devices did not cause them. And lawmakers in Ontario want Toronto Hydro and Hydro One to remove smart meters they deployed. Click for story details and let us know what you think about those decisions.

The utility of the future? To start with, it shouldn’t have a grid, experts say

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, distribution, policy and regulation, Jon Wellinghoff, electric utilities
Ready for another twist in the discussion about what the utility of the future should or could be like? Jon Wellinghoff, former FERC chairman, and James Tong, strategy VP at Clean Power Finance, recommend taking grid operations out of utilities’ hands. Read on to find out why they believe it would significantly benefit the public, and how it could benefit utilities as well.

At long last, a standard for smart charging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging, smart charging, standards, electric utilities
One thing troubling the electric vehicle landscape has been the absence of standards to allow for smart charging. Now, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute and eight car manufacturers, that much needed standard should be on the way.

Want some good news for a change? Evidence that behavioral efficiency will last

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, customer engagement, Opower, behavioral science, electric utilities
Increasing numbers of utilities are adopting behavioral programs to encourage energy efficiency. Even so, many wonder if the effects of those programs will last… if customers will stick with them once the newness wears off. Opower offers evidence that customer interest will remain, and could grow.

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