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Lessons learned from North America's top smart grid

Chattanooga’s smart grid has been widely hailed as North America’s most robust. Ever wonder how they did it? Guest authors from Chattanooga utility EPB and Schneider Electric share the details of the initiative’s continuing success, and include helpful advice and lessons learned along the way.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid funding, DOE loan guarantee program

Solyndra be damned: DOE plans massive loan program for renewables

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, customer engagement, customer communications, social media, electric utilities

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

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

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid investments, Commonwealth Edison, ComEd, electric utilities, policy and regulation

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

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.  More >>
 
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Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy storage, Europe, policy and regulation, electric utilities

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

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.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, energy efficiency, building energy efficiency standards, California energy efficiency standards, policy and regulation, electric utilities

Why California's new building code is good for Google (but dangerous for utilities)

It appears that California’s new building energy efficiency standards will have primarily good implications for utilities. They are expected to eventually have a better way to reap the benefits of automated demand response, for example. But there are dangers, too. Click to get the details.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid companies, smart grid trends, smart grid business, electric utilities

Utility CIOs: How you stack up against other industries

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

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.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, disaster preparation, incident control, Incident Command System, smart grid strategy, electric utilities

How to improve resiliency: Adopt the Incident Command System

The federal government’s Incident Command System is an incident management approach for all hazards, including severe weather and terrorist attacks. While most utilities consider it important, only about 50% use it for each incident. Learning how to use the system now could prove well worth the effort in the future, even if there are challenges and it isn’t tailor-made for utilities.   More >>












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