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What Texas is doing to stay "the leader in smart energy"

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, smart meters, electric utilities
A revealing report from a Texas regional energy efficiency advocacy group outlines the state’s achievements, its shortcomings and how far it has to go to fully mine the value available from smart meters. And it offers very useful ideas utilities in every state can learn from.

Smart grid advice from SMUD (Home gateways? Really?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home area networks, home gateways, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, electric utilities
Several utilities have walked away from home gateways, turned off by the expense and what they saw as minimal advantages. But according to the head of smart grid project management for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, they do have benefits – for both utilities and their customers.

ACEEE: A very long way to go before the U.S. can claim to be energy-efficient

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE
Earlier this week we shared a story reporting on the U.S. electric grid and its ranking as the worst in the industrialized world. Apparently we aren’t doing much better in energy efficiency either, according to a scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

A boost for offshore wind energy? DOI offers commercial leases for development

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, offshore wind energy, offshore wind projects, renewable energy, Interior Department
In case you were wondering, offshore wind energy is far from dead in the U.S. The Department of Interior has opened up two large areas off the coasts of Maryland and Massachusetts for development. Qualified companies will be able to participate in competitive lease sales for construction of commercial wind projects.

Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors, smart grid projects
This week’s collection of smart grid wins includes quite a mix of projects and developments, including major accomplishments for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens. Italy’s Enel, GeoDigital and others. Click for details.

Forget Russia and China. The real threat to the power grid is from... the Sun???

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar storms, electric grid threats, electric utilities
Most of the threats to electric grids are well-known, from random shooting incidents to very well-orchestrated cyber attacks. Click the link to read about what could be a much more catastrophic threat from the sun… geomagnetic solar storms. “It may be a 100-year” event. So was Hurricane Sandy.

Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S.

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, customer engagement, UK smart meters, smart meter rollouts, electric utilities
UK electricity providers are doing something many U.S. utilities wish they had done: educate their customers about the benefits of smart meters before the rollout starts… not afterward. Read the story for a quick look at how the UK is handling customer engagement, and why.

Will GE cash in on its Alstom acquisition? Or repeat its old mistakes?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, GE, Alstom Grid, acquisitions, strategy, electric utilities
GE’s acquisition of Alstom Grid was a surprise for many observers. But now the questions are bubbling up. The big question? Can GE break loose from its previous tendencies and work with its new acquisition to successfully integrate their product lines? There are significant opportunities for GE if it can.

Grid-scale storage breakthrough? Flow batteries get new life

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage R&D, flow batteries, electric utilities
Today’s energy storage technologies aren’t all about lithium-based batteries. Much improved and more cost efficient next-generation flow batteries are attracting a lot of interest and investment. Here are two examples of the new technologies that could very well make it to the grid-scale energy storage market.

Forget grid divorce. Native Americans are not getting married to the grid anyway

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rural cooperatives, renewable energy, solar power, storage, customer care, Native Americans, electric utilities
For those of us able to take the electric grid for granted, it may be surprising to learn that many isolated communities and Native American reservations can’t or don’t care to connect. Read the story to learn how the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is helping those customers rather than ignoring them.

Reinventing utilities: Now Minnesota is rethinking the utility business model

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business model, state energy policies, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Minnesota has taken a bi-partisan, inclusive approach in its attempts to overhaul the state’s utility and energy policies. It’s an interesting way to explore and assess the roadblocks, the opportunities and the options available as the state maps out its energy future.

The net metering battle… 3 more states may offer relief to utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewable energy, net metering, policy and regulation, electric utilities
Net metering may fade from the headlines for a while, but the issue isn’t going away anytime soon. Read the story to keep up with current developments and initiatives in Massachusetts, Missouri and Maine.

The U.S. grid is the worst in the industrialized world (outages are up 285%!)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, U.S. electric grid, electricity infrastructure, power outages, power outage frequency, electric utilities
The frequency of U.S. power outages has risen dramatically over the past 30 years. And they now cost American businesses up to $150 billion a year. Click for details and a graphic that identifies the states with the highest number of outages.

How Seattle City Light spent big bucks to make itself look stupid

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid strategy, social media, consumer engagement, electric utilities
Smart Grid News has published stories on utilities that have won high marks for how well they use social media to engage customers. So it seems only fair to share a story about one utility that illustrates how to do it wrong. Click for details.

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