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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]

How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 1

January 20, 2014 by Casey Novak

Smart Grids and Better Utilities

The utility industry is changing fast -- but where is it going? Each year analysts at IDC offer their predictions for utility industry trends for the coming year and up to five years hence. Here are their first five predictions, and how they related to smart grids and smart grid technology.[read more]