Industry Research

Smart meters not the best source of outage notification

New research from Bridge Energy Group suggests that customer calls to the utility are still the best source of outage notification. The results come after a survey of more than 20,000 utility employees about their views on and experiences with outage and restoration.

EPRI report offers more effective framework for transmission planning

A new report will help states incorporate risk analysis into transmission and other resource planning. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), offers new approaches aimed at addressing the challenges of maintaining reliable electricity systems through transmission planning.

Report: Lack of research funding may be downfall of cyber networks

Research is the backbone of innovation, and the United States continues to lower their budgets. According to the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the U.S. federal budget for research and development has fallen in the last 50 years -- from 10 percent in 1968 to less than 4 percent in 2015. An MIT report is showing what effect that fall in research has had on innovation in the country.

Information sharing fears may be obstacle to smart grid rollouts

According to new research by the University of Nottingham, reluctance to share personal information may be an obstacle to smart technology implementation.

Reliability benefits of transmission not fully understood

According to analysis, transmission planners need to better understand that a modernized, more flexible transmission system is key to taking advantage of regional fuel diversity, facilitating competitive markets, and supporting economic growth.

Solar energy passes grid test during solar eclipse

Recently, grid operators across Europe anxiously observed a solar eclipse as it cast a shadow over the continent's vast installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rare celestial event posed a unique challenge for countries like Germany and Italy that significantly rely on solar energy for electricity production.

Japan to lead Asia-Pacific in smart grid development

Japan has made clear its plans to boost energy efficiency and power generation from renewable sources. Part of this plan is increased smart grid deployment, which, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData, will drive the country to become one of Asia-Pacific's top smart grid markets in terms of development.

Report: EV adoption hurdles can be overcome with government's help

The slow adoption of electric vehicles (EV) has been blamed on many things, but a new report sheds some light on possible causes. According to the report -- conducted by the National Research Council and funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) -- vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the causes of slow adoption.

Power sector disruption just the start of energy industry transformation

Global megatrends -- such as technological breakthroughs, rapid urbanization and resource shifts -- are creating new opportunities and challenges in customer behavior, new forms of competition, different generation models, and regulatory changes that could "quickly eclipse current company and country strategies," according to PwC.

V2X technology positioning EVs for success

As it relates to transportation, the push to improve safety while reducing emissions and energy consumption continues and is driving the development of a number of crucial technologies. These technologies, including electric vehicles and automated driving systems, are being positioned for success with the provision of real-time data to vehicles, drivers, and pedestrians through vehicle-to-external communications.