Utility companies have historically had to send workers out to gather the intelligence needed to provide electricity to users. After reading meters, inspecting broken equipment, and/or measuring voltage, those users reported back to the utilities that, in turn, took the steps necessary to start or restore power. Fast-forward to 2013 and while many of the Continue reading →
The past two decades of telecommunications history can serve to illustrate trends and develop insights that apply to electric grid modernization – the evolution to the Smart Grid. Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs) disrupted and disintermediated the phone company from commercial and industrial consumers. PBXs duplicated the most relevant functions of the large and remote (and Continue reading →
BRIDGE Energy Group has announced the results from its utility industry survey on outage management. BRIDGE surveyed more than 14,000 utility employees about their views and experiences in outage management. Results show that 53% of respondents plan to upgrade or replace their existing OMS in the next one to two years. Additional initiatives described as top projects planned Continue reading →
Wish lists come in many forms. This time of year, the most prevalent ones are delivered to Santa Claus from children all over the world. But as we close in on the end of the year, now is the time to think big about what promise 2013 could hold. We’re not talking about a renewed Continue reading →
Two weeks ago, General Electric made a big splash in the world of the Internet of Things, or, as GE likes to call it, the “industrial internet.” In a series of high-profile announcements, the global energy and engineering giant laid out its plan to add networking and distributed intelligence capabilities to more and more of Continue reading →
With the increase in distributed generation and the storage of energy from sources such as wind, solar, combined heat and power, biomass and geothermal etc., network requirements are changing significantly. Energy is being fed into the network at various, and variable, points and times. The adjustments required by utility companies means that distribution system operators Continue reading →
Smart phone. Smart meter. Smart grid. Seems like everything’s getting an intelligence boost these days. It’s easy to assume that smarter means better. Figuring out what makes these new technologies better than their predecessors, and how they will impact real individuals and families isn’t so simple. via Homeowner? Here’s Why You Should Care About The Smart Continue reading →
Silver Spring Networks says it has integrated a new faulted circuit indicator into its standards-based smart energy platform. The new distribution automation (DA) solution provides utilities with real-time, location-aware intelligence on the integrity of their distribution lines, according to the company. via Renew Grid: Silver Spring Networks Adds Grid Sensor For Distribution Automation.
Utilities are accumulating an abundance of data from smart grids, but most are failing to process it. A sensible solution is to make data publicly available so that entrepreneurs can put it to good use. Oracle conducted a survey on how well U.S. utilities are leveraging smart grid data and published its results this week. Continue reading →
As we know, smart meters do not equal smart grid – they are just the first step. Internationally, governments mandate the roll out of utility meters. According to energy intelligence firm NRG Expert, $12 billion will be invested globally in electricity metering in 2015. Some key countries are driving this popularity more than others via Continue reading →
As governments continue to mandate the roll out of smart grids and utility meters, investment flows into this sector. NRG Expert, the energy intelligence company, reviews the Metering, Global Smart Grid and Water Metering market to find out where the opportunities lie. via 12 Billion US Dollars to be Invested in Electricity Metering in 2015.
The smart energy paradigm is gaining traction worldwide, opening a window of opportunity for transformation. A number of convergent market drivers are leading to expanded availability and increasing revenue opportunities across the smart energy continuum. These drivers include the rising costs of maintaining the current energy system as well as regulatory and policy initiatives in Continue reading →
AMI managed services (AMS) are deployments of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems in which a third party other than the utility operates the AMI system on a day-to-day basis. AMS is a repeatable offering that can be deployed from one utility to the next with little customization, and many current AMS offerings are delivered via Continue reading →
If you don’t know that today’s electric infrastructure needs significant investments in modernization, you may be living under a rock. That’s not news. But the sheer numbers required for that modernization are mind boggling. NRG Expert has released five startling smart grid statistics for the global market. The energy intelligence firm says… via 5 startling smart grid Continue reading →
While many have seen the AC power grid as the most ubiquitous data network of all, power-line networking has yet to broadly succeed. Now, the electricity distribution segment is looking to add intelligence in meters and energy-consumers such as home appliances, and they need a ubiquitous communications scheme to enable a smart grid. It appears Continue reading →
Research and Markets has announced the addition of GlobalData’s new report “Smart Grid Market in Americas to 2020 – US-EU Collaboration on Standards to Solve Interoperability & Data Security Issues to Encourage Innovation” to their offering. GBI Research, a leading business intelligence provider, has released its latest research, Smart Grid Market in Americas to 2020 Continue reading →
A wide range of smart, connected appliances may not be available at your local white-goods store just yet. But the day may come when many of the appliances available for purchase feature not only connectivity, but other intelligence designed to make household tasks easier. via Connected World magazine | Smart Washer Knows the Clothes.
Leaders in standards and policy say there is a lack of attention being paid the security implications of the smart grid. Most utilities are developing smart grid technology, such as smart meters, which can be connected to appliances and enable two-way communication between homes and power companies. But this presents challenges to owners and operators who are seemingly being Continue reading →
Utilities are facing increased challenges related to water through population growth, droughts and operational issues including increases in electricity prices and, as a result, are in need of information that goes beyond meter reading and provides the intelligence to transform operations from reactive to proactive. via Smart grid for water transforms utility ops from reactive Continue reading →
Global smart grid firms S&C Electric Co. and Alstom Grid announced an integrated solution combining S&C’s IntelliTeam SG Automatic Restoration System and Alstom Grid’s e-terradistribution Integrated Distribution Management System. This new solution, announced at DistribuTECH 2012 in San Antonio, is the outcome of joint research and development to support smart distribution through layered intelligence. The Continue reading →