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Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now

August 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Data Analytics and Utilities

Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software? GTM Research has been collecting some hard data on the subject, through its Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service.[read more]

What the Green Revolution in Electronics Means for the Smart Grid

August 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

One of the oft-flogged analogies about the Smart Grid is that building it is like assembling a plane in flight. The challenges start with trying to overlay new technologies on top of older infrastructure, choosing winners and losers in competing standards, and melding together diverse equipment.[read more]

Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management

August 19, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy management will be a multi-trillion dollar industry that will reverberate across industrialized economies.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation

 

United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]

Could This 'Data Lake' Concept From GE Revolutionize Energy Analytics?

August 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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General Electric has become a prodigious producer and consumer of data. Energy engineers at the conglomerate are analyzing ten times more data today than they were five years ago -- bringing new insights, while also creating new complications for the data-crunching infrastructure.[read more]

California Takes Its First Step Toward Creating the Distributed, Intelligent Grid of the Future

August 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Innovation

In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are thinking about how these grid edge systems will work together for the benefit of the grid, the environment and ratepayers alike.[read more]

Could California Become a Leader in Smart Water Management?

August 12, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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California relies on a small number of winter storms to recharge groundwater sources and restore snowpack that furnishes most of the potable water in the state. But in times of drought, the state relies on groundwater. Some estimates indicate that as much as 65% of water is sourced from these supplies.[read more]

Who's Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?

August 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Patents

The smart grid industry has seen lots of mergers and acquisitions. This activity is driven by the desire for new tech, whether in core areas like transmission gear, smart meters, communications, sensors and software, or grid edge applications like demand response, plug-in vehicle charging and distributed solar PV.[read more]

California Could Rewrite the Rules for Distributed Demand Response

August 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and Demand Response

You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response -- the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong.[read more]

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10 Energy Technology Initiatives to Green European Cities Any City can Take Inspiration From

August 8, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Greening European Cities

European cities made a great effort by identifying energy projects which could help other cities to improve their energy footprint, increase their share of renewable energy supply or improve the efficiency of their energy distribution and management systems.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan
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This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

August 1, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Basics of the Grid

If someone asked you to explain how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, would you be able to answer? Don’t worry. Very few people actually understand the logistics of this modern-day luxury, but with a quick scan of the basics, you’ll be able to impress![read more]