Industry Research

CA ISO looks to improve grid reliability through management of resource adequacy

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors has approved new rules meant to strengthen reliability of the grid and build on the goals in their 2014-2016 strategic plan.

Duke Energy is bringing battery storage research to Indiana

Duke Energy is partnering with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) to research innovations in energy storage. 

Smart technology increasingly impacting commercial buildings

An increasing number of case studies demonstrating the business case and benefits associated with developing smart buildings are driving adoption, according to IDC Energy Insights -- most aggressively in Asia Pacific, North America and Western Europe.

Despite challenges, utilities using ADMS to unify distribution IT systems

Although utilities still face a steep learning curve with ADMS technology, its direct and indirect benefits are becoming widely apparent.

Top CIO, CTO priorities for 2015

CIOs and CTOs are under increasing pressure to manage technology upgrades while addressing growing cybersecurity threats. The roles of CIO and CTO continue to see a broader scope of responsibilities, in large part, due to growing security and privacy concerns, according to a survey by global consultancy Protiviti.

The biggest surprise of EPRI's Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative

One of the biggest surprises of EPRI's seven-year Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative was the positive impact volt-var control had on participants' distribution systems -- from integrating renewable energy to impacts on energy and demand, to gains in efficiency and planning.

Report: Customers are hopeful about the smart grid

A survey conducted by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative found that 86 percent of customers understand the benefits of smart grid technology.

Industrial Internet Consortium launches first grid-focused testbed

The goal of the Communication and Control Testbed is to introduce the flexibility of real-time analytics and control into the legacy grid process -- which relies on a central-station architecture not designed to interconnect distributed and renewable power sources such as roof-top solar and wind turbines -- to increase efficiencies and ensure that power is generated more accurately and reliably to match demand. 

Regulators not on board with prepaid metering, despite growing acceptance

The market for prepaid electric metering is steadily gaining ground due to smart metering technology, in which the accompanying advanced infrastructure can enable utilities to offer prepaid electricity and/or gas service as an option, as well as growing public acceptance around the idea of prepaying for services among those who prefer prepaying because it allows them to better manage their budgets and, in some cases, reduce their energy use.

Report: National grid held up despite brutal winters in 2014

According to a new report, the U.S. power grid held up during 2014, a year that included the Polar Vortex.