AC/DC: The distribution threat utilities should take notice of

Utilities should take notice of direct current (DC) distribution networks, especially as they relate to data centers and commercial buildings. The market encompasses several disparate opportunities -- telecommunications towers, data centers, grid-tied commercial buildings, and off-grid military networks -- that, overall, utilities are not taking advantage of, but others are.

Sharing the road: SCE opens the lanes for customer power flows

SCE says its Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) is "the next step in a proceeding the commission initiated last August to move toward full integration of Distributed Energy Resources (such as rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency and demand response) in operations, investment and distribution system planning."

Mirror, mirror: Success breeds smart offerings for National Grid customers

National Grid is becoming the smart grid leader in New York, and is proposing another smart grid project as a part of New York's ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Even though the project is a pilot, it will be launched for 15,000 customers -- installing technology such as smart appliances and thermostats in both homes and businesses.

Oblivious in the UK? Nearly 100 percent do not notice smart cities growing around them

Smart cities are popping up across the world, but many people still consider them a thing of the future. Even though the UK has taken a lead in developing smart cities, a new study found that very few people in the UK are actually aware of those initiatives.

Double whammy: Georgia hits EVs with dual blow

Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Georgia lost their tax rebates this week as the state's new budget went into effect. The $5,000 tax credit for EV owners will be removed, as well as adding a $200 fee for EVs. The state expects the new measure to generate $830 million to $850 million each year for Georgia.

Consumer electronics industry preparing for the dawn of IoT

With consumers continuing to connect more devices to their home networks, reducing the energy footprint of Internet equipment is a priority.

Super grid revolutionizing GCC energy markets

Rising demand and high dependence on reliable electricity supply has resulted in the need for network configuration that supports the increase of high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology to assure smart, reliable and flexible power transmission, leading to an exponential increase in the implementation of HVDC technology worldwide.

HECO investigating adverse affects of net metering

Hawaii is on a path toward 100 percent renewables, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are looking for a plan as to how they will get there. HECO filed a proposal with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that they say will enhance customer options for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems in the state -- but it also looks at how net metering customers are billed. 

Winds of Change: Duke Energy storage

Duke Energy is planning to update the 36-megawatt (MW) energy storage and power management system at their Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas -- including changing the type of batteries they use to power their wind project. The project is only one of many that Duke has implemented recently to bring energy storage innovation to real-life scenario.

Report: Current energy metrics do nothing to help customer efficiency

Energy usage is largely affected by information received by customers about their own energy usage -- as well as ways to decrease bills. According to a new report, attempts in the past to inform customers have been limited or flawed, and there are numerous ways to improve this system.

The evolution of the electric grid: Balancing a three-legged stool

The evolving grid, the evolving customer, and evolving regulation are all part of a three-legged stool that requires balance, according to IEI. Keeping these three legs in balance will ultimately help drive the sustainable evolution of the electricity grid.

To educate customers on smart grid, first understand who they are

The 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Awards have been presented by SmartEnergy IP, a division of SmartMark Communications, to those utilities demonstrating excellence in smart grid education. Four utilities received the honor. These award-winning utilities obviously know that customer engagement is key to customer education.

Diversity guarantees reliability for Ontario grid

Much of Canada is looking to invest in renewable energy, and Ontario has found that added solar and wind resources are helping to create a reliable grid and transmission network.

The Internet of Things needs regulating, too

The Internet of Things (IoT) may very well be the future, and a group of senators wants to make sure the government has some say. The senators sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking them to research IoT.

Too much hype? Understanding the value of IoT

The Internet of Things is more than just an idea, it is on the way to becoming reality -- and that reality could be worth more than $11 trillion in 10 years. According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute,"The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype," IoT will be worth anywhere between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 2025.

U.S., China leaders give green light to further smart grid cooperation

Yesterday marked the end of the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C. Chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry, special representative of President Barack Obama, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, special representative of President Xi Jinping, the Strategic Track, which included participation from senior officials from across the two governments, produced some interesting outcomes related to smart grids and smart cities.

Urban mobility infrastructure making cities smarter

One of the most popular areas of urban innovation is mobility, as cities struggle with ways to reduce vehicle emissions and increase clean transport options. Infrastructure improvements in the form of mass transit systems and the deployment of electric vehicle charging networks are critical.

MIT solar sensor to power IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an important opportunity for the future, but technology hasn't yet caught up to the possibilities. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are conducting research to help make IoT a reality.

Low-carbon energy has to deal with more than just policy

Energy policy for smart grids is still far behind technology, but the UK Energy Research Center (UKERC) found that a regional perspective on energy policy and research would better help integrate policymaking decisions.

UW: Energy policy must revolve around technology, innovation

Energy and technology are forever bound together, and policy will be an important part of assuring that partnership. According to energy policy expert Gary Radloff, a commitment to policy centered around technology innovation is important to strengthen the overall clean energy system.