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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 >>

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 >>
 
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 >>












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