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Cities: Once they're smart, how do you keep 'em that way?

Smart cities use a mix of information, energy, and social technologies for environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and livability; however, according to Lux Research, they need not just be smart but agile -- making technology choices that let citizens adapt and improve on solutions they implement today.

Working smarter: Pragmatism key to modernizing IT in oil and gas

As the price of oil drops, projects have slowed down and the majority of upstream companies have shifted their attention to developing a sustainable cost and productivity strategy essential to achieving their immediate and long-term objectives.

Nuclear energy industry to Wall Street: No time to waste

The nuclear industry is delivering a message loud and clear to Wall Street about the value of nuclear energy.

Energy skills gap crosses borders, seas

India is experiencing many of the same issues as the United States when it comes to energy -- specifically, the lack of a skilled workforce.

Underutilized energy storage resource (its untapped potential is huge)

In the United States, 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant and vastly underutilized energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits.

Solar trees growing at DistribuTECH

Fittingly, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando -- and the location of this week's DistributTECH conference -- is the latest location "growing" solar trees.

True game-changer: AT&T's private LTE network for utilities

AT&T will provide licensed spectrum so utilities can establish their own FANs for improved communications in their operational footprint.

Improvements bring PPL more than just customer satisfaction

Having received, 38 J.D. Power awards for customer satisfaction in its history, it's no surprise this utility has been chosen to represent Powergrid International magazine's Customer Engagement Project of the Year.

Hopelessly devoted: First community solar assn. makes its debut

CCSA will work to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar whereby local solar facilities are shared by individual community members who receive credits on their electricity bills for their portion of the power produced.

Jack be nimble: Utilities saying goodbye homegrown tech, hello cloud

With the rise of distributed energy resources, a smarter grid, and the need for more advanced analytics, technologies for utilities continue to become increasingly sophisticated and complex.

HECO testing SHINES technology for solar storage integration

Hawaiian Electric Company has chosen Siemens to provide advanced grid management and control technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy $2.5 million funded SunShot Initiative as a part of the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) program. 

Smarter and more efficient: EV benefits keep coming

It is widely known that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts, but researchers at the University of California - Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering are capitalizing even further on the technology's benefits.

State of the Consumer: Results positive, but secret sauce for engagement still elusive

Drawing on its 2015 research, as well as the findings from the U.S. Department of Enery's consumer behavior studies, SGCC highlights six key "themes" surrounding the current state of the smart grid consumer.

FirstEnergy's switch is on

FirstEnergy has launched a new branding campaign in order to demonstrate the utility's commitment to a cleaner energy future.

CLEAR Winners: Demonstrating excellence in customer outreach and engagement

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) CLEAR Awards honor organizations for their excellence in customer outreach and engagement. Each year, SGCC recognizes one utility, one technology provider, and one non-profit who serve as role models within SGCC and the smart grid industry.

AEE: Florida can meet CPP and reduce electricity costs

Florida can actually reduce electricity costs by employing more energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) targets.

SMUD nixes pumped-storage project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will not to build the Iowa Hill pumped storage project addition to its hydroelectric system due to prohibitive costs and financial risks, according to the SMUD Board of Directors.

Revolution or Evolution? Getting the "smart" in cities

Governments and utilities increasingly see smart city systems as transformational tools to boost resilience and quality of life in cities across the world -- driven by expectations that smart city programs will produce greater efficiency across municipal functions.

Boots on the Ground: Duke Energy lends renewables expertise to other utilities

Duke Energy is not only building renewable energy projects -- they're looking after and servicing the projects of other utilities.

Data analytics: The utility's triple threat

New research reveals a growing opportunities for utilities in leveraging data analytics to maximize operational excellence, enhance customer satisfaction and improve financial performance.