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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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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, energy efficiency, smart meters, electric utilities

What Texas is doing to stay "the leader in smart energy"

A revealing report from a Texas regional energy efficiency advocacy group outlines the state’s achievements, its shortcomings and how far it has to go to fully mine the value available from smart meters. And it offers very useful ideas utilities in every state can learn from.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors, smart grid projects

Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies

This week’s collection of smart grid wins includes quite a mix of projects and developments, including major accomplishments for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens. Italy’s Enel, GeoDigital and others. Click for details.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE

ACEEE: A very long way to go before the U.S. can claim to be energy-efficient

Earlier this week we shared a story reporting on the U.S. electric grid and its ranking as the worst in the industrialized world. Apparently we aren’t doing much better in energy efficiency either, according to a scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.   More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, offshore wind energy, offshore wind projects, renewable energy, Interior Department

A boost for offshore wind energy? DOI offers commercial leases for development

In case you were wondering, offshore wind energy is far from dead in the U.S. The Department of Interior has opened up two large areas off the coasts of Maryland and Massachusetts for development. Qualified companies will be able to participate in competitive lease sales for construction of commercial wind projects.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar storms, electric grid threats, electric utilities

Forget Russia and China. The real threat to the power grid is from... the Sun???

Most of the threats to electric grids are well-known, from random shooting incidents to very well-orchestrated cyber attacks. Click the link to read about what could be a much more catastrophic threat from the sun… geomagnetic solar storms. “It may be a 100-year” event. So was Hurricane Sandy.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, GE, Alstom Grid, acquisitions, strategy, electric utilities

Will GE cash in on its Alstom acquisition? Or repeat its old mistakes?

GE’s acquisition of Alstom Grid was a surprise for many observers. But now the questions are bubbling up. The big question? Can GE break loose from its previous tendencies and work with its new acquisition to successfully integrate their product lines? There are significant opportunities for GE if it can.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage R&D, flow batteries, electric utilities

Grid-scale storage breakthrough? Flow batteries get new life

Today’s energy storage technologies aren’t all about lithium-based batteries. Much improved and more cost efficient next-generation flow batteries are attracting a lot of interest and investment. Here are two examples of the new technologies that could very well make it to the grid-scale energy storage market.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart meters, customer engagement, UK smart meters, smart meter rollouts, electric utilities

Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S.

UK electricity providers are doing something many U.S. utilities wish they had done: educate their customers about the benefits of smart meters before the rollout starts… not afterward. Read the story for a quick look at how the UK is handling customer engagement, and why.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, U.S. electric grid, electricity infrastructure, power outages, power outage frequency, electric utilities

The U.S. grid is the worst in the industrialized world (outages are up 285%!)

The frequency of U.S. power outages has risen dramatically over the past 30 years. And they now cost American businesses up to $150 billion a year. Click for details and a graphic that identifies the states with the highest number of outages.  More >>



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