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The good news for solar that could be bad news for utilities (including much higher efficiency)

Solar may seem like a threat utilities don’t really need to worry about quite yet, if ever in areas that don’t get a lot of sun and costs are high. But recent developments in the solar and energy storage industries could mean the time when today’s utility customers start generating their own power is coming soon.  More >>

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smart grid technology, transmission technoogy, smart grid, modern grid, electric utilities, transmission infrastructure, grid optimization

The 7 technologies that are revolutionizing the transmission grid

The U.S. transmission network is old. More than half of the country’s high voltage transmission lines have been in service for 25 years or longer. However, there are several new technologies that could help correct its inadequacies and enable it to meet 21st century demands. Click to learn about them.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation, grid optimization, U.S. Northeast, grid modernization

Future of utilities: New England may opt for "outcomes-based" regulations

The northeast region of the country is undergoing major changes that include rapid adoption of distributed generation, electric vehicles, smart buildings and more. Plus demands from regulators and ratepayers for a more resilient and dependable grid. Read the story for a look at the New England Clean Energy Council’s vision of the electricity future.  More >>
 
Xcel Energy, Boulder, Colorado, municipal utilities, smart grid, modern grid, electric utilities

Boulder discovers challenges to becoming its own utility

The city of Boulder is finding out that divorcing electric service provider Xcel could become a lot harder than anticipated. While no one expected the city’s effort to set up its own municipal electric utility would be carefree and painless, escalating costs alone could be a make or break obstacle.  More >>
  EPA, FERC, EPA Clean Power Plan, transmission, smart grid, modern grid, policy and regulation

Will the new EPA rules hurt grid reliability? Here's what FERC has to say

FERC told a Senate subcommittee last week that EPA’s Clean Power Plan wouldn’t harm the reliability of the transmission grid. But it turns out comments from FERC commissioners left room for interpretation. Click to learn about two different points of view.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, lessons learned, customer engagement, renewable energy, energy efficiency, GE, electric utilities

GE survey: Millions of Americans willing to pay more for a better grid

A new survey from GE’s Digital Energy business says millions of Americans are so concerned and frustrated with power outages they would pay more on their monthly power bill if it would ensure a more reliable grid. Click for details and other highlights from GE’s Grid Resilience Survey.  More >>
  Smart Grid, utility operations, utility workflow solution, Elster workflow solution, Elster smart grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,

Get our latest infographic: 4 things to look for in a workflow solution

One smart way utilities can prepare for inevitable changes ahead is to significantly upgrade their day-to-day operations. And a smart way to do that is with a business workflow solution. Learn how to pick the right one with our new (free) infographic.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, vendors, smart grid projects

A quick global look at smart grid wins

This week’s collection of smart grid project and development news is a good example of how global the smart grid initiative really is. Read about EnerNOC’s Switzerland project, ABB’s transmission win in the UK, Cyan’s partnership to open up the Sub-Saharan African market and more stories.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Con Edison, grid resilience, grid optimization, outage management, electric utilities

Con Edison’s post-Sandy storm hardening efforts are paying off

Con Edison has worked to beef up its overhead power delivery system to ensure that outage numbers are down and that fewer customers are affected. The utility says its $1 billion investment has been more than worth it considering the results.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, plug-in electric vehicles, EV sales

No million by 2015, but electric vehicles are surging

While the numbers make it clear that President Obama’s goal of one million plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 won’t be met, that’s no reason for disappointment. As Pete Danko of Breaking Energy found, plug-in EV sales are growing at an astonishing rate… if more slowly than many had expected.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Itron, electric utilities, water utilities, smart water, smart grid strategy

Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance)

While some may initially balk at the idea of sharing utility communications networks with another operation, such as a water department, both can benefit tremendously from sharing a network and information. Click to read about a private electric utility and a city water department that plan to do just that. It’s said to be the first collaboration of its kind.  More >>












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