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Boulder / Xcel slapfest gets uglier -- Xcel asks FERC for help

Boulder, Colorado’s attempts to divorce Xcel Energy and set up its own municipal electric utility just took another turn in what is already a convoluted story. Xcel asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week to rule that the city can’t condemn the transmission line that surrounds it without the agency’s permission.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Sensus, smart meters, metering, smart grid companies

Generation 4 smart meters: the latest evolution in Sensus technology

Sensus has unveiled a new contribution to smart grid technology: its new Generation 4 smart meters. As company president Randy Bays put it, the goal was to develop a meter capable of improving operational efficiency for customers, utilities and cities alike. Click to learn more about the new offering.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects

Smart grid wins: a global look at projects and developments

This week’s smart grid wins feature includes what could almost be considered a bit of everything. Read about a variety of smart grid companies and projects ranging from solar and smart water to transmission and energy efficiency. And don’t miss the awards for AutoGrid Systems and Silver Spring Networks.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid devices, smart meters, connected home, home energy management, product testing, electric utilities

The 5 testing steps that allow utilities to roll out smart devices with confidence

As utilities roll out new technologies, they sometimes find problems after the initial installations. That mistake can be costly and the negative publicity damaging. Guest contributor Angus Panton offers guidance to help utilities ensure that doesn’t happen: advance testing methods that can spot problems in meters and other devices before they’re delivered to customers.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, distributed energy, renewable energy, California Public Utilities Commission, electric utilities

Warning: California is rewriting the financial rules for utilities. Will your region be next?

The California Public Utilities Commission is rewriting requirements for how utilities value distributed energy resources. Guest author Tom Osterhus says the changes will bring new value opportunities, but will be dangerous for utilities that fail to adapt. Click to read his explanation of what those changes will look like and what their impact will likely be.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, smart homes, connected homes, smart grid strategy, customer engagement, electric utilities

The 4 priorities that allow utilities to profit from the connected home market

New technologies are frequently viewed with suspicion in the utility industry. Consider the developing “connected home” market as an example. Guest contributor Angus Panton makes the case that the new market offers substantial growth opportunities for utilities… as long as they attend to four key issues early on.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, distributed renewable energy, global business, renewable energy adoption

The rapidly expanding market for distributed renewable energy

As the cost of distributed wind and solar power generation drop, costs for fossil fuel and nuclear continue to increase. While the intermittent nature of those renewables presents challenges for many utilities integrating them, the growth rate of those power sources in many countries may surprise you… particularly in developing nations.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid vendors

Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery

Smart grid companies are always coming up with new tech products and services and enhancements to existing products. We thought it was time to take a look at what they’ve been up to, so click to read about new offerings from ABB, Belden, GE, Leidos and other companies.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric utility business model, electric utility trends, distributed generation

Another expert writes a requiem for today's "traditional" utilities

One view of the future for electric grids and utilities is a scenario that includes two types of distribution utilities, one responsible for maintaining grid operations and another that will sell energy services. Click to read an explanation of one increasingly popular concept of the new utility model: “distribution service operators.”  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Europe, smart grid trends, renewable energy, electric utilities

European power plants could be obsolete starting in 2020

A new report says Europe’s centralized fossil-fuel power plants could be obsolete very soon as a direct result of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles. And the 2020 tipping point date? That’s when investment bank UBS believes the payback period for a rooftop solar system will be attractively short and batteries much less expensive.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid strategy, Itron, Silver Spring Networks

Two smart meter pioneers who may be takeover targets (because of their patents)

Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new in the smart grid sector, and equity analyst Louis Basenese expects the trend to continue. Why? Against the background of an aging electric grid, the big companies understand innovation is crucial and that cutting edge companies have it. Read on to learn why he believes two pioneering companies could be in their sights.  More >>












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