Rob Saunders, head of energy at the Technology Strategy Board, which focuses on British innovation, believes more could be done to help consumers embrace efficient energy forms. “You see digital technologies making a difference in taking out energy inefficiencies,” he says. “I think people are starting to become aware of some of this, but at Continue reading →

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission must rethink its net neutrality rules — a decision with potentially far-reaching implications for the future of high-speed Internet. Now FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler must work with Congress to modernize outdated laws that don’t address the reality of today’s Internet. In doing so, he Continue reading →

05. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The concept of developing local microgrids to support organizational missions is a current topic of interest in board rooms, campuses, utilities, and city councils.  The truth is that microgrids are not cheap, require a lot of careful design, require ongoing operations and maintenance expenditures, and are not always the optimal solution. In a previous article, Continue reading →

01. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silver Spring Networks, which works on smart grid technologies, has launched its SilverLink Sensor Network, making streams of data available to utility companies, sensor network operators and consumers. The software allows users to consume data from smart grids, with information coming from sources such as smart meters and other devices. via Real-time data the key Continue reading →

17. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced results of a recently-completed study that identifies a new smart grid investment strategy that can transform a poor AMI business case into an attractive investment. Many electric cooperatives and public utilities have rejected AMI systems because expected meter-related benefits are not compelling enough to outweigh costs.  Adding Continue reading →

20. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

GE’s Digital Energy business and the city of Skiatook, Oklahoma recently announced plans to implement GE’s Grid IQ Solutions as a Service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS offerings are designed to provide cities and utilities with the benefits of a modern grid without requiring the large staff or up-front capital typically needed to do so. Continue reading →

20. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

When it comes to measuring voltage, current and other grid-power properties, tiny differences in accuracy can add up to a difference of millions of dollars in the value of the smart grid projects they support. The question has always been whether accuracy can be achieved in a reliable form — and at the right cost. Continue reading →

14. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

On the Danish island of Bornholm, the Ecogrid EU smart grid demonstration project  is providing valuable lessons in how utilities can better engage customers. The pilot involves smart meters, sensors, appliance controllers and a communications network. To persuade residents to participate, the project managers had to learn how to clearly articulate the benefits of a smart Continue reading →

30. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The integration of distribution automation systems and applications with previously deployed or planned advanced metering infrastructure systems will be key to successful utility smart grid deployments in the coming years, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. As the smart grid sector matures, utilities are turning their focus to integrating advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) Continue reading →

13. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The world’s water systems are under increasing pressure. Water utilities are relying on aging or inadequate infrastructure to meet growing demand, tough environmental targets, and increasing regulatory requirements. At the same time, utilities need to reduce non-revenue water losses and improve their operational efficiency. Smart water networks have an important role to play in addressing Continue reading →

Smart Grid Today has named 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013, including many utility executives, regulators and political figures working on smart grid solutions to electricity challenges globally. PG&E’s Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration, Kevin Dasso, received the recognition for his efforts in installing new technologies that enhance the delivery of safe, Continue reading →

More than two-thirds of utilities executives believe that the benefits of smart grids and smart meter deployments, which include improved customer service, reliability and outage response, will exceed original industry forecasts, according to a survey by Accenture. A majority of executives surveyed (85 percent) also expect the industry’s landscape to change in the next five Continue reading →

Smart Grid News is working with experts from Elster and other leading smart grid companies to create the ultimate guide to AMI — a full-scale, start-to-finish, everything-including-the kitchen-sink compendium of best practices, lessons learned, and future directions. When it’s complete, we will make it available to you as an eBook. In the meantime we’re publishing Continue reading →

13. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of energy and fossil fuels on the planet. Estimates place the total energy consumption of the Department of Defense to be on par with the state of Oregon and greater than two-thirds of all countries. To capture the economic, environmental, and strategic benefits offered by alternative fuels, Continue reading →

More than two-thirds of utilities executives believe that the benefits of smart grids and smart meter deployments — which include improved customer service, reliability and outage response — will exceed original industry forecasts, according to a new global survey by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). A large majority of executives surveyed (85 percent) also expect the industry’s competitive Continue reading →

08. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Before the world can reap the true benefits of the internet of things — a collection of billions of connected devices which could contribute tens of trillions to the global economy by 2030 – there’s an awful lot of expensive heavy lifting to be done, both on the device side and in the network infrastructure. via Huge potential Continue reading →

06. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Across the U.S., stakeholders have often been hard-pressed to identify quantifiable direct and indirect economic and environmental benefits of grid modernization based upon real-world experience. In order to help rectify this challenge, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently released the Smart Grid Economic and Environmental Benefits report. via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front Continue reading →

04. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

There has been a lot of talk about the deployment of the “Smart Grid”.  Most of the initial Smart Grid deployments are focused on the deployment of smart meters that enable utilities to gather usage information in near real time – or what they call “Automated Meter Infrastructure” or AMI.  The use of AMI provides Continue reading →

31. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today that BC Hydro, which serves 1.9 million electricity customers throughout British Columbia, Canada, has entered the next phase of network migration for its Smart Metering Program. BC Hydro has passed a major milestone in the testing of Itron and Cisco’s jointly developed IPv6 network architecture, bringing the utility one step Continue reading →

24. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

With Wi-Fi and app access, the new wave of programmable thermostats can deliver the ultimate in comfort, convenience and control, while cutting energy bills. But the benefits don’t have to stop at the front door. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility Continue reading →