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Energy’s Big Data day is dawning (Learning what your customers really want)

Netflix knew it had a hit with the House of Cards miniseries, even before viewers saw it. What does that have to do with the energy industry? Guest author Adrian Tuck explains how a consumer-centric approach to Big Data can help electricity providers truly get in touch with their customers’ desires, and develop new revenue streams in the process.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets

Smart grid market research: forecasts from the analysts

This week’s smart grid market research update dips into several sectors, including technologies, transmission and distribution, building energy management, Volt/VAR architecture and more. Click to read what the experts are forecasting for those markets over the next few years.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technologies, smart grid testing, Washington State University, R&D

WSU building ‘smart city’ lab to test smart grid technologies

With a $500,000 grant in hand, scientists at Washington State University are building a smart city laboratory to test smart grid technologies. The idea behind the project is to create a sufficiently realistic test bed to ensure that its research will be practical in the real world.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar leasing, consumer attitudes

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, machine learning, network resilience, electric utilities, US Navy

Of submarines and advanced utility operations: network resilience strategies

In the second part of this series comparing nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations, author Mike Varney shares his thoughts on why incorporating data into network resilience planning is essential and advocates for taking advantage of new technologies that can help utilities maintain efficiency and profitability.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, situational awareness, advanced utility operations, electric utilities

Comparing submarines and advanced utility operations (and the lessons learned)

What do nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations have in common? Quite a lot. Guest author Mike Varney explains the parallels between the two in terms of situational awareness, the important role of machine learning in preserving an operational knowledge base and other aspects in this insightful piece.   More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, biofuels refining, Abengoa, renewable energy, cogeneration

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

Abengoa refers to its new biofuel plant, the country’s third commercial-scale cellulosic refinery, as a ‘one of a kind’ facility. In addition to the plant’s innovative process for converting biomass into motor vehicle fuel, the refinery will be powered by its own cogeneration plant.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, plug-in hybrid vehicles, grid reliability, electric utilities

Can plug-in EVs enhance grid reliability? EPRI and others are betting on it

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects

Smart grid wins from around the world

This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.   More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, building efficiency, HVAC systems, DOE

Energy efficiency: DOE zeroes in on commercial and residential HVAC systems

HVAC systems in commercial and residential buildings draw a lot of the energy those buildings use. The advantages to trimming that number are obvious and many different approaches are underway to do it. Now DOE is kicking in money to come up with alternative technologies that could make real energy savings possible.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, IT and OT convergence, Schneider Electric, Internet of Things, electric utilities

How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things

The world utilities operate in is getting less “traditional” quickly, and the number of non-traditional customers, those generating their own electricity, is growing. All of that is forcing utilities to collaborate across traditional boundaries. Guest author Ron Chebra explains why and how the Utility Internet of Things can be a valuable solution to help them accomplish that feat successfully.  More >>












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