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Smart Grid Technologies and Trends Find Wider Applications

 I'm at an international conference in Dalian, China that is focused on ubiquitous networks and theInternet of Things. That makes it all the more ironic that you can't get WiFi here. We're talking to eachother, but not to the outside world. The...

Posted November 8, 2011    

China Thinking Big on Smartgrid, Invested $7 Billion in 2010

China is the most active investor in Smart Grid infrastructure today.  According to a 2010 report from Zpryme, the State Grid Corporation - the largest utility in China - was projected to spend $7.3 billion in that year alone on Smart Grid...

Posted November 1, 2011    

Data Analytics Key To Smart Grid

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...

Posted October 25, 2011    

The Smart Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Internet of Things

Smart Grid deployments are not only delivering improved energy security, grid reliability, and consumer control to us, they are bringing the Internet of Things closer to reality.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined in the Smart Grid...

Posted October 18, 2011    

Who is Responsible for Educating Consumers About Energy Data Privacy?

The Smart Grid presents a number of challenges to policy-makers and utilities, but perhaps none is more vexing than the question of who will educate consumers about the rewards and risks of energy consumption data that can be derived from smart...

Posted October 10, 2011    

Thinking Globally and Acting Locally with Microgrids

Smart Grid technologies that enable integration of renewable sources of energy and energy storage into the distribution grid, along with new energy management software solutions, are propelling the deployment of microgrids in college and business...

Posted September 27, 2011    

Can Microgrids Eliminate Energy Poverty?

We take electricity for granted.  In the USA and other developed nations, we are wired up with electricity that is readily available.  Blackouts are infrequent, notwithstanding causes based in natural disasters or human error.  ...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Data Analytics at the Grid Edge – Killer Apps or Overkill?

The recent exits of Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft’s Hohm products targeted at consumers have some industry watchers asking if residential consumers really care about home energy consumption data.  Where we once had a monthly bill that...

Posted September 14, 2011    

Best Practices for Big Data in the Smart Distribution Grid

It’s big, complex, mission-critical, constantly in flux, and experiencing a convergence of information technologies (IT) and operations technologies (OT).  The distribution grid is the link of the electricity supply chain from the substation to...

Posted September 7, 2011    

Killer Apps For The Smartgrid

Silicon Valley is always chasing the next killer app, and it’s an activity that is very relevant to the Smart Grid.  What are the killer apps?  It depends on your perspective.  In some cases, the answer will be a technology...

Posted September 2, 2011    

Smart Grid- The Best Approach to Put America Back to Work

The Smart Grid increases our energy security by reducing dependence on oil that only gets more costly to extract or protect.  The Smart Grid improves our economic security with a 21st century energy infrastructure that allows us to cost-...

Posted August 25, 2011    

The Real Concern about Smart Meters

Smart meters can be positively transformative for consumers to control their use of electricity.  But there are concerns about them that are threatening to slow down deployments in some areas. That has ramifications to Smart Grid plans...

Posted August 18, 2011