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IEA Investment Report: What is Right, What is Wrong

June 13, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

IEA Report Analysis

Recently, the IEA published a “Special Report” called World Energy Investment Outlook. In my view, this is a 'CYA' report. The IEA sees trouble ahead. There is no way that investment of the needed amount (which is likely far more than $48 trillion) can be met.[read more]

Is the White House's Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

June 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

In 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, it cost roughly 44 cents to store a gigabyte of data. This year, as President Obama approaches the second half of his second term, the cost to store a gigabyte of data is dipping below 5 cents.[read more]

Three Key Takeaways from the White House Energy Datapalooza

June 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Last week I attended the White House Energy Datapalooza. It was an informational and inspirational gathering focused on data standards and demonstrations of applications that use a variety of energy data sources including Green Button data derived from smart meters.[read more]

Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work: EIA's New Data Portals

April 30, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

EIA Data Portals

We empirical economists get very excited about finding or generating new data sets. There are big returns to splicing together different data sources to answer new and interesting questions. Many datasets are hidden deep inside government vaults and some are under lock and key.[read more]

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 22, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It's a witty commentary on the frequency of fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events.[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]

Look at the Cool Stuff You Can Do With Consumption Data From Buildings

March 4, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Consumption Data

Through a combination of energy disclosure laws and new applications for IT in buildings, we're seeing a lot of data emerge about our built environment. Turns out that in Seattle, police stations are energy guzzlers. And in New York, buildings from the 1930s are more efficient than newer ones.[read more]

Six Reasons Why Utility Professionals Should Care About Data Analytics

February 10, 2014 by Usman Sindhu

At the recent DistribuTECH 2014 conference and trade show, almost every session touched on big data and analytics in some way. The question is: Will big data and analytics be the key that allows utilities to bridge the chasm between technology and people/process improvements?[read more]

Survey: Only 32% Of Utilities Know What Kind of Data Analytics They Use

January 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Utilities and Data Analytics

When 235 utility respondents were asked by Black & Veatch what sort of data analytics their utility was using to improve operational performance, many said they simply didn’t know. Deploying technologies effectively is a bit of a head scratcher for many utilities.[read more]

Utilities Have Far to Go in Smart Grid Maturity

April 25, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

smart grid

Utilities of all sizes have various smart grid projects underway, whether installing two-way digital smart meters, deploying self-healing distribution technology or integrating data across the business operation.[read more]

Smart Grid Trends to Watch: ICT Innovations and New Entrants

December 18, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Power Lines via Shutterstock

 The convergence of information and communications technologies (ICT) with the traditional operations technologies (OT) is an ongoing Smart Grid trend.   Within the USA and its 3000+ electric utilities, Smart Grid investments focused on optimization of transmission and distribution grid operations through machine to...[read more]

Smart Grids and Smart Cities – Same Problems, Same Solutions?

April 9, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050.  Roughly 70% of the global population will live in cities, which today consume 70% of global energy supplies.  That’s a concern for electric and water utilities, but there are ways to address these concerns.  The best Smart Grid planning...[read more]

Where Angels Shouldn’t Fear to Tread in Smart Grid Investment Opportunities

April 2, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

I recently sat down with a group of angel investors in Silicon Valley to review some of their most promising investment opportunities in the Smart Grid business sector. Here are three promising investment categories.[read more]

Data Analytics Key To Smart Grid

October 25, 2011 by Christine Hertzog
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In the movie “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics. Today, he’d be told that the future is in data analytics. Just like many other business sectors are discovering, analytics will play an increasingly significant role in the management of Smart Grid networks.[read more]