Announcing Your 2016 Smart Grid Companies to Watch

The time has come to announce the winners of Smart Grid News' annual Smart Grid Companies to Watch. There were an overwhelming number of email nominations to consider and the decision was extremely difficult, as readers nominated so many deserving companies. But Smart Grid News managed to narrow the playing field down to 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch for 2016.

The evolution of asset management (think telemetry and big data)

Utility asset management has evolved alongside the technological and conceptual developments that have characterized the smart grid movement, including the extension of telemetry, big data analytics, and advanced sensor technologies.

It starts with a sensor: The simple technology driving global smart cities

It's a simple technology, but it's driving smart communities across the globe -- from water and the grid to transportation and buildings. According to Technavio's latest research study, the global smart communities market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 18 percent until 2020.

Off a cliff: Corporate solar funding drops by more than half

Total corporate funding, including venture capital funding, public market and debt financing, in the solar sector in Q1 2016 dropped significantly -- to $2.8 billion compared to $6.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decline of about 59 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), according to Mercom Capital Group.

Drones making a dangerous job a little less risky

Unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs or drones, are increasingly taking to the skies to assist with wind turbine blade inspections and maintenance.

(Some) coal ash cleanup efforts getting a boost

Efforts to clean up coal ash and change the way ash and coal products are stored are taking place across the country, but nowhere is more central than Tennessee and North Carolina.

Is Georgia Power's $3.1B in nuclear prudent? PSC will decide

Georgia Power has submitted a detailed filing to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) outlining construction activities and current investments for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion and demonstrating the importance of Plant Vogtle expansion to reliability, economic growth.

US Water Prize winners "true visionaries in the one water movement"

As the United States faces prolonged, unprecedented droughts and potential water shortages, innovation in the water space is an ongoing priority.

Oblivious in Energy: Cyber attacks more successful than ever

The energy sector faces more cyber attacks than any other industry, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Newly released survey results from Tripwire back this up.

The Network Integrator: A catalyst at the center of innovation

The electric utility industry has undergone significant change in recent years, and is on the cusp of even further transformation. Disruptive forces such as changing customer demands, regulatory evolution, rapid technology advancement, and non-traditional sources of capital are requiring utilities to increasingly adapt to new marketplaces.

Meeting renewable requirements third on NV Energy's list of priorities

NV Energy has exceeded its renewable energy requirements for 2015, according to a recent filing of its required 2015 Renewable Portfolio Standard Annual Report with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

On top: NextEra Energy celebrating industry honors

NextEra Energy, Inc. has the best investor relations program in the utilities sector, according to IR Magazine. The publication recognized NextEra with the same honor in 2014.

Con Edison's progressive solar move

Con Edison, the investor-owned utility providing electricity to 3.4 million customers in New York City, and solar company SunPower have formed a progressive collaboration to offer solar energy systems to homeowners.

SEPA: All solar not created equal

A growing number of utilities are considering integrating solar projects into their resource portfolios, as record lows in utility-scale solar prices spread across the country – but not all solar projects are created equal.

8 technologies that could disrupt the industry (think robotics, mobile and the cloud)

A host of potentially disruptive technologies are creating digital "always-on" supply chains that will provide better efficiency, visibility and customer service across a variety of industries, while challenging companies to find the talent to manage them.

US, Israel extend energy research collaboration, academic cooperation

The U.S. and Israel will continue to foster research and development, drive down the costs of clean energy technologies and encourage collaboration between the two nations' top energy scientists.

Utilities hitting the Energy Superhighway

Utilities will increasingly depend on the Energy Superhighway to evolve with the industry and drive industry evolution, according to Navigant Research.

Aliso Canyon blamed for (potential) summer outages

As utilities report a higher risk of power outages in Southern California due to the prolonged shutdown of one of the nation's largest gas storage facilities, California state and local energy agencies have released a plan to help preserve reliability of electrical service this summer in the greater Los Angeles area following the major natural gas leak at SoCalGas' Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility.

Want a competitive advantage? Invest in customers, employees

Businesses, including utilities, understand the benefits of offering individualized customer and employee experiences, but struggle to actually deliver the experience, according to research released today by Oracle.

Advanced energy industry could create hubs of innovation, jobs

Building on a state's strengths in advanced energy technology, including wind and solar power, carbon fiber composites, and smart buildings, can maximize job growth and give a state a competitive economic edge.