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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 >>

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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 grid projects, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors

IoT gets a boost from Cisco in Barcelona (and more smart grid developments)

This week’s collection of smart grid wins makes up for its brevity with a healthy dose of variety, from IoT and transmission to metering, a new partnership on cybersecurity and grants for community microgrids in California.   More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distribution transformers, smart meters, grid optimization, electric utilities

The next big smart grid race? It starts at the end of the driveway (the distribution transformer)

The smart grid initiative has so far mostly been taken up with smart meters, and AMI has been regarded as the tool to enable the beginnings of a smart grid. But what’s next? Guest author Brett Sargent points to the distribution transformer and explains why it’s the next big thing.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, national energy policy, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, NEMA

Industry to Obama: We're BEGGING you for a national energy policy (and here's what should be in it)

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is afraid DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, the closest thing the U.S. has to a national energy policy, will be a bust unless it yields more than a collection of unfocused ideas. Click to read some of the association’s nuts and bolts smart grid-related recommendations.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, smart meter insurance, smart grid trends, electric utilities

Smart meters are a "time bomb" for utilities, warns insurance expert

You would think just about every smart meter wrinkle has been discussed, dissected and considered by now. But the insurance industry has another one utilities may have to deal with: insurers are starting to worry about cyberattacks. And one insurer says coverage for cyberattack losses is generally not provided by the energy insurance market.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, flow batteries, Lux Research

Quinone-based batteries could reduce need for metals, but project costs are high

Battery costs must drop if the stationary energy storage market is to grow as hoped over the next few years. New technologies look like promising ways to get around the need for metals like vanadium, but two Lux Research analysts report that project costs remain a concern.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, utility business case, strategy, electric utilities

What utilities forget when they analyze storage (Hint: It has to do with benefits)

Reducing the cost of energy storage technologies is important. It’s good business. But guest author Rogers Weed points out that it is just as valuable to increase the benefits storage systems provide. As he points out, business cases are referred to as cost-benefit analyses for a reason.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewables, strategy, electric utilities

Utilities: Borrow from this "civilized" approach to distributed generation

The heated debate and contention over distributed generation, rooftop solar for example, has resulted in stakeholders taking sides and pounding each other rather than working to solve the problem. The Critical Consumers Issues Forum has released a report that outlines principles for an alternative: collaborative ways to resolve energy challenges, a “civilized” way of doing it.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home area networks, home gateways, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, electric utilities

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

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.   More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid strategy, utility business model, Google, electric utilities

Four ways utilities can fight back against Google

There has been plenty of compelling evidence of Google’s intent to take over the electric grid. So Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck’s four recommendations on how utilities can transform themselves and successfully meet that challenge are very timely.   More >>












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