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The cost of a smart grid? In Illinois, it's $3 per customer per month

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid investments, Commonwealth Edison, ComEd, electric utilities, policy and regulation
ComEd has filed a proposal for a rate increase to recover initial investments in its ambitious grid modernization effort. If your utility is considering rate adjustments, it would be well worth the time to read how ComEd presents its program and communicates its benefits.

The top 3 U.S. utilities for Twitter and mobile apps. (Would you have guessed Memphis?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, customer engagement, customer communications, social media, electric utilities
A new report ranks utilities according to their ability to use social media and create compelling mobile applications. It also underscores the need for utilities to get up to speed with social media if they hope to communicate effectively with their customers.

Solyndra be damned: DOE plans massive loan program for renewables

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Many industry observers may have thought the DOE loan program was quietly scuttled after Solyndra, which received a federal loan guarantee, went bankrupt. But the program is back in business with new loans expected as soon as year end. Get the details inside.

The future of energy storage in Europe. (Subsidies? A boom in Germany?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy storage, Europe, policy and regulation, electric utilities
A European conference revealed a growing interest in energy storage for several reasons, including to help boost the adoption of solar power, and new regulations to make energy storage less difficult and expensive. And it also indicated that some observers in the region expect an energy storage boom in Germany.

Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cybersecurity, NIST, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, electric utilities
NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel offers several useful resources to help utilities respond to the increasing number of cyber threats they face. Among them are a cybersecurity users guide and a webinar coming up later this week. Read on to get the details.

Smart meter backlash is "mass hysteria." (And it's catching on everywhere.)

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Earlier, Smart Grid News described the continuing anti-smart meter backlash as the story that won’t go away. Unfortunately, the description remains accurate. Click to read about several examples of current smart meter backlash in the U.S. and Canada.

Utility CIOs: How you stack up against other industries

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the results of a worldwide survey conducted with CIOs from several different industries. It’s interesting because it reveals how utility CIOs see themselves and how their thinking compares with counterparts in other industries. And you can learn how to raise your Digital IQ.

Smart grid wins: a first for Tollgrade, a multi-million dollar deal for Pulse Energy

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It’s been a huge week for several smart grid companies. Read about an array of projects and developments, including a first in the sensor market, a merger, a multi-million dollar contract and other news from several smart grid sectors.

Want to know where we are headed? Study National Grid's pilot

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid pilot projects, Worcester MA, National Grid, metering, customer engagement, customer education, energy efficiency
National Grid’s smart grid pilot project in Worcester, Massachusetts has been a constantly evolving series of lessons to be learned and a microcosm of the current state-of-the-art. The next phase of the project will be no less so. It’s not just about technology; it’s also focused heavily on consumer engagement and education, time-based pricing and other areas.

Is this what it will take to finally grow the smart water meter market?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid pilots, smart water, smart water meters, water utilities
The smart water meter market is growing, but more slowly than expected. A new report from Statplan Energy says the market would grow more quickly with a shift in priorities: concentrate less on the residential sector and more on commercial smart water meters. Click to learn more about the benefits that approach could bring.

Utility professionals: If you work on the market side, you'll want to tap this new tool

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid markets and pricing, Ventyx, electric utilities
How many utility professionals can find the time to follow all the latest news and numerous reports to keep up with industry trends and markets? Probably not many. Click to read about a new offering from ABB subsidiary Ventyx: the “Energy Markets Intelligence” website. It can make keeping up with North American industry trends and market opportunities downright convenient.

Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines (from those who've gone before)

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The benefits of integrating AMI with outage management systems can yield tremendous benefits. But it’s not a simple process and there are problems and pitfalls to watch for. Sign up for our free Smart Grid News webinar, “Integrating AMI and OMS: Avoiding the landmines,” and join us April 22 to learn the tips, tricks and tactics for successful AMI and OMS integration.

More scary news about grid vulnerabilities (and how utilities are getting the blame)

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Amid all the news stories focused on grid vulnerabilities comes this gem: the owner of a small technology firm found that breaching the grid is easy, surprisingly easy. His warning? If he can do it, a country or someone with more resources certainly could.

A new tool to improve utility resiliency. (Did you know about fully submersible switchgear?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, power outage prevention, S&C Electric, electric utilities
Many communities are pushing to bury their power lines underground to minimize weather-related outages. But that’s not going to do much good in the many parts of the U.S. susceptible to flooding. One part of the solution is flood-resistant equipment. Read on to learn about S&C Electric’s new offering: submersible, water-resistant switchgear.

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