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Of submarines and advanced utility operations: network resilience strategies

In the second part of this series comparing nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations, author Mike Varney shares his thoughts on why incorporating data into network resilience planning is essential and advocates for taking advantage of new technologies that can help utilities maintain efficiency and profitability.  More >>

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smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar leasing, consumer attitudes

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, biofuels refining, Abengoa, renewable energy, cogeneration

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

Abengoa refers to its new biofuel plant, the country’s third commercial-scale cellulosic refinery, as a ‘one of a kind’ facility. In addition to the plant’s innovative process for converting biomass into motor vehicle fuel, the refinery will be powered by its own cogeneration plant.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, situational awareness, advanced utility operations, electric utilities

Comparing submarines and advanced utility operations (and the lessons learned)

What do nuclear-powered submarines and advanced utility operations have in common? Quite a lot. Guest author Mike Varney explains the parallels between the two in terms of situational awareness, the important role of machine learning in preserving an operational knowledge base and other aspects in this insightful piece.   More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects

Smart grid wins from around the world

This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.   More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, plug-in hybrid vehicles, grid reliability, electric utilities

Can plug-in EVs enhance grid reliability? EPRI and others are betting on it

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, IT and OT convergence, Schneider Electric, Internet of Things, electric utilities

How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things

The world utilities operate in is getting less “traditional” quickly, and the number of non-traditional customers, those generating their own electricity, is growing. All of that is forcing utilities to collaborate across traditional boundaries. Guest author Ron Chebra explains why and how the Utility Internet of Things can be a valuable solution to help them accomplish that feat successfully.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, building efficiency, HVAC systems, DOE

Energy efficiency: DOE zeroes in on commercial and residential HVAC systems

HVAC systems in commercial and residential buildings draw a lot of the energy those buildings use. The advantages to trimming that number are obvious and many different approaches are underway to do it. Now DOE is kicking in money to come up with alternative technologies that could make real energy savings possible.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Opower, customer engagement, electric utilities

Opower ups the ante with a new customer engagement platform upgrade

Building on investments made earlier this year, customer engagement specialist Opower has added significant upgrades to launch its Opower 5.5 technology platform. The company says the new version will give utilities new capabilities to help them better identify and provide what their customers want.  More >>
 
smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets

Smart grid markets update: substation automation, storage and more

Over the next 10 years, the largest smart grid infrastructure markets will be in Southeast Asia as four countries seek to improve and modernize their electric grids to meet growing demands. Click for details about the growth in Southeast Asia and other smart grid and related markets.  More >>
  smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency

Energy efficiency a major force in meeting Pacific Northwest power demand

Energy efficiency has emerged as a major topic over past several years as electric customers and state regulators make it clear they want electric utilities to provide power as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. The Pacific Northwest has benefitted greatly from energy efficiency investments and initiatives. Read the story to learn how.  More >>












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