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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid R&D, DOE, smart grid investments
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.

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.

The utility customer challenge: They like you but they are not loyal. Are you measuring the wrong things?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, customer attitudes, electric utilities
Utilities are providing good customer service, most consumer say. But that doesn’t mean they would stick with their current electricity provider if given the choice. Click to read about the latest consumer survey from DEFG EcoAlign. It explains why measuring long-term loyalty could be more valuable than measuring customer satisfaction.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, marine energy, wave energy, renewable energy, research and development
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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, German renewables, German electric utilities, business strategy
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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, Hawaii, policy and regulation, electric utilities
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.

Could a new tax save the smart grid? This expert thinks so

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, electricity tariffs, FERC, electric utilities
Law professor Joel Eisen wants the Federal Energy Regulation Commission to consider a tariff on electricity distribution to create an open access grid that would spur innovation and new technology deployment. Read the story to learn more about his proposal and why he believes it will encourage grid transformation.

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

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net metering, policy and regulation, California net metering law, rooftop solar, electric utilities
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.

How Duke is selling regulators on a $1.9 billion grid upgrade plan for Indiana

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business case, policy and regulation, smart grid strategy, Duke Energy, electric utilities
For a better shot at getting their rate increase plans approved, utilities should focus on what will get regulators’ attention. Click to read about Duke Energy’s proposal for an ambitious grid modernization plan that takes a nuts and bolts and dollars and cents approach and, for the most part, steers clear of potential problem areas.

Utilities: Partner with companies like Bloom or watch them take your top customers

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Bloom Energy and other fuel cell makers are going after big power users and what they’re offering includes power as a service and reduced upfront costs. If utilities want to hold on to their larger customers, they should consider a partnership arrangement similar to that described in our story.

Asset health webinar: How to potentially save millions in operations costs

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Don’t miss the opportunity to hear expert panelists dig into asset health management during a Fierce Energy-sponsored webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 10. Experts from Ventyx, an ABB company, and Microsoft will address the process and tools needed to address critical issues such as aging assets and how to leverage them for optimum performance. There is no charge for the webinar, but space is limited.

New program helps veterans prepare for energy industry careers

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid jobs, power engineering, military veterans, DOE
The energy industry has worked hard to come up with innovative ways to find qualified talent to step in as its aging workforce retires. The University of Maryland, with help from the Energy Department and other federal agencies, now offers an online course to help veterans get started on careers in engineering design.

Sensus smart meter fire woes continue to mount

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, Sensus smart meters, electric utilities
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.

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