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What’s Missing In Smart Grid Roadmaps

Smart Grid technology roadmaps help utilities plan for grid modernization.  At the recent Grid ComForum conference, senior utility executives noted that their roadmaps are adjusting to address organizational realignments – particularly in...

Posted March 12, 2012    

How Utilities Can Gain Maximum Benefits from Consumer Data Analytics

Utilities have been analyzing data for years.  From tariff development to forecasting future electricity needs, utilities have leveraged data for grid operations.  However much of the analytics work was done with spreadsheets and dealt...

Posted March 5, 2012    

SDG&E Takes On Microgrid Challenges

The microgrid is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as “A small power system that integrates self-contained generation, distribution, sensors, energy storage, and energy management software with a seamless and synchronized connection to a...

Posted February 27, 2012    

Innovations in Electricity Business Models Must Overcome Two Challenges

Distributed generation (DG), distributed energy resources (DER), and microgrids are business model innovations that disrupt the existing supply chain of remote, centralized generation sources and long distance transmission of electricity. ...

Posted February 20, 2012    

Smart Grid Innovations Will Reduce the Pain of Consumer Energy Costs

The electricity value chain is undergoing extraordinary changes as it modernizes into the Smart Grid.   At a recent series of Smart Grid workshops hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission, one utility speaker noted that the...

Posted February 15, 2012    

Four Smart Grid Innovations that are Utility Painkillers

The electricity value chain of generation, transmission, distribution and consumption has a number of challenges, or pain points, to overcome to deliver all Smart Grid benefits.  Electric utility Smart Grid investment decisions are made on the...

Posted February 7, 2012    

Painkillers – the Real Drivers of Innovation for the Electricity Value Chain

One of the largest US-based industry conferences for electricity, gas, and water utilities just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas.  The entire value chain for electricity was well-represented there – you could find products for generation,...

Posted February 2, 2012    

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader About Your Electricity Data Privacy?

Saturday, January 28 is International Data Privacy Day.  It’s a great opportunity to think about new data created as a result of the modernization of our electrical grid into the Smart Grid, and what this means for our privacy.  Sir...

Posted January 23, 2012    

Ben Franklin – America’s First Proponent of Energy Efficiency

Ben Franklin, the first American genius, achieved fame and notoriety for his electricity research, which included that famous kite-flying experiment.  But did you know that he first described the concept of treating energy efficiency as an...

Posted January 16, 2012    

New Privacy Guidelines for Electricity Data Will Help Protect Consumers

It’s difficult to imagine life without electricity.  Our lives and lifestyles are so thoroughly intertwined with electricity that any disruptions in power can rapidly transform from minor inconveniences into life-threatening situations. ...

Posted January 10, 2012    

What Consumers Don’t Know About Electricity Deregulation Can Hurt Them

Pennsylvania has one year of experience with deregulation of its electricity markets.  Residential, commercial, and industrial customers can now switch to alternative electricity suppliers in a quest to manage the generation and transmission...

Posted January 3, 2012    

5 Things US Congressional Representatives Need to Hear About the Smart Grid

As the US Congressional representatives head home to their respective districts, some of which defy all logic in terms of that contortionist geography called gerrymandering, it’s a perfect opportunity to attend their town hall meetings to offer...

Posted December 28, 2011