Sign up | Login with →

smart grid development

Echelon Ditches the Smart Grid to Focus on the Internet of Things

August 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

As the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short -- a broad term that can include everything from smart street lights and building controls to IT-enabled industrial equipment and medical devices.[read more]

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

July 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
1

Grid Advancement Locations

The grid edge is all around us. Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional borders and leaving their imprint on the grid.[read more]

5 Key Disruptors on the Grid Edge

June 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John
1

Grid Disruption Forces

The grid edge is a complex realm, combining traditional utility operations with the emerging world of distributed energy generation and control. Greentech Media’s inaugural Grid Edge Live conference, taking place this week in San Diego, is dedicated to finding solutions to these complex, emerging challenges.[read more]

exclusive

Who Will Build Tomorrow's Grid? The Energy Collective's Webinar & #EnergyChat

June 23, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Building Tomorrow's Grid

On Wednesday, June 18th, we hosted an incredibly informative webinar on how utilities can secure the greatest benefits from the smart grid, while simultaneously adapting their workforce to this rapid force of change. This post highlights from the Webinar and Tweetchat![read more]

Defining the Operating System for Grid Energy Storage

June 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The future for grid-scale energy storage startups isn’t in building the batteries that go into them; it’s in writing the software that makes them work at scale. San Francisco-based Greensmith and Berlin-based Younicos were both founded on this premise, and so far it seems to be working for them.[read more]

Smart Grids are About to Get a Whole Lot Smarter

June 9, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
4

I see a very wide span of development. I see super-grids where we tap into attractive renewable resources like wind, hydro and, in the southern Europe, solar. The grids will be critical in ensuring this renewable energy gets to the right place at the right time.[read more]

This Is What Europe's 2014 Smart Grid Landscape Looks Like

June 2, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Europe's Smart Grid Development

Europe may lag the United States and China in terms of overall smart grid investment, but it is still a multi-billion-dollar market for developments like smart meters, distribution automation, and the next wave of distributed, renewable energy integration.[read more]

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

April 21, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Smart Grid Expectations

There’s no doubt that the smart grid is coming, but it’s not well understood by most people. What will it look like? How will it help us? At a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event, a panel of smart and well-informed women was on hand to shed light on the mysteries of the smart grid.[read more]

Solar Energy, Sky Cameras, and Hard Math: A New Way to Integrate PV on the Grid

April 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Sky Cameras and the Grid

Insanely complex math, and never enough data -- that’s the conundrum in trying to model the ebb and flow of solar power and energy storage on the grid edge. Large-scale transmission systems are well modeled. But the majority of the grid below the substation provides little to work with.[read more]

Hidden Treasure: Two New Resources Offer Up Massive Amounts of Utility Data

March 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Two new energy data initiatives being launched this week illustrate how individual utilities and smart grid research consortia are helping to break the logjam on opening the flood of data from smart meters, smart grid devices and energy-aware homes.[read more]

Energy Sources, Infrastructure, and Geopolitics: The Necessary Underpinnings to Resiliency Planning

March 11, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid has to accomplish two objectives from an infrastructure perspective to achieve grid modernization. It has to upgrade the 20th century electrical grid infrastructure to the 21st century, and meld it with a modern, robust, and secure communications network infrastructure.[read more]

How the Smart Grid Helps Address Climate Change in California

January 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Last week’s article on the California Energy Commission’s 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) identified how climate changes impact energy needs and create new challenges for the state of California’s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.[read more]

Climate Change, California, and the Smart Grid

January 21, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The California Energy Commission publishes an Integrated Energy Policy Report every two years. The most recent report serves many information purposes, such as assessing major energy trends and issues facing the state’s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.[read more]

How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 2

January 21, 2014 by Casey Novak

Smart Grid Tech and Utilities

A few days ago we explored the first five utility industry predictions for 2014, according to analysts at IDC. Each of IDC's 10 total predictions bears some significant relevance to smart grids and smart grid technology. Here are the smart grid implications of IDC's final five predictions.[read more]