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Regulator / utility collaboration – the 3 states that do it best (and other tips for better relationships)

It’s crucial, particularly in these challenging times, for utilities to be able to sit down and work with regulators. Nick Wagner, a member of the Iowa Utilities Board with a long list of additional credentials, shares his thoughts on why communicating with regulators early and often is so important… and how to go about it.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid standards, Internet of Things, IoT, smart grid vendors

Deathmatch 2014:The battle to control the Internet of Things (including the smart grid)

What happens when a new technology hits an inflection point? Frequently the answer is a long, drawn out battle over standards. This time the fight is over the Internet of Things. Click to learn about six emerging standards that could be contenders.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets

Smart grid market research: China’s renewables growth surge and more

Smart grid market forecasts are always interesting because they change so regularly. This week we share research on a variety of markets to let you know what the forecasters are expecting over the next few years. Read the story for a quick look at the EV charging stations market, smart city technology, home automation and China’s explosive renewables growth.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart grid security, cybersecurity, strategy, electric utilities

How to keep your smart meters safe from attack (and not just cyber-attacks)

In the first installment of his two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated alerted you to seven serious threats to smart meter security and what their consequences could be. Now he’s back to share technology that can thwart those dangers.   More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transactive energy, grid monitoring, grid optimization, electric utilities

Want to get started on transactive energy and nanogrids? Steal this government software

It’s an “everything is connected” world where the centralized approach to sensing, intelligence and control no longer offers the visibility and quick response time needed to effectively monitor and manage the grid. Read on to learn about a transactive energy solution that can help.   More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, CEIVA, National Grid, smart grid research and development, Worcester, MA

Home energy management systems get another chance (in Massachusetts)

While home energy management devices are nowhere near as popular as we expected them to be years ago, National Grid is going to make a go of it with CEIVA at its smart grid test bed project in Worcester, Massachusetts. Click to learn more about the project.  More >>
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Smart grid technology roundup: What’s new in metering, analytics and more

As the smart grid evolves, the companies providing the technologies that make it happen continually develop new products, enhance existing ones and add services. Click to read about some of those new offerings from Elster, ABB, Trimble, Schneider Electric, Ideal Power, Itron and others.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, renewables, Japan, Germany

Lessons for utilities: How Japan massively screwed up renewables

Japan made a series of bad choices in its efforts to adopt renewables, despite having plentiful solar, wind and geothermal resources. A recent blog post from the Rocky Mountain Institute draws what may be some surprising conclusions about what went wrong in Japan coupled with a comparison to Germany’s approach. Click for details.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, combined heat and power, cogeneration, smart grid R&D, smart grid projects

What we're learning from Europe's first campus-wide microgrid (think cogen)

Europe has taken microgrids on a different path with its first campus-wide system at Italy’s University of Genoa. It incorporates renewables and storage as American microgrids do, but also features cogeneration, a technology that’s far less common in the U.S. than it is in Europe. The project is worth following because there could be much to learn from it.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, utility business case, distributed generation, electric utilities

Sure the utility business model is changing, but not so fast

The changing utility business model has been the source of considerable debate and handwringing. Yes, there are plenty of challenges confronting utilities now, but is wholesale change really coming soon? Jared Anderson of Breaking Energy recently interviewed an expert on the topic, and he had some very interesting things to say.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart grid security, cybersecurity, cybersecurity strategy

7 serious smart meter security threats that do NOT involve hacking the network

In the first installment of a two-part series, Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated defines smart meter security risks that don’t involve hacking into the utility network. They do involve the smart meter life cycle itself, and the possible consequences he describes are more than alarming.  More >>












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