A new standard developed by SGIP, NEMA, and ASHRAE marries smart grids with buildings in a proactive way. The standard is called the “Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) standard,” or 201P, and it was published earlier in June. I … Read more >
The utility industry in the U.S. has been changing for many years, but most often, this change is slow and somewhat predictable. It started with PUHCA in the 1930s, followed by PURPA in 1970s, FERC order 888/889 in the 1990s, … Read more >
If executed well, service can build confidence in your customers. For utilities, employees’ actions—or inactions—directly impact customers’ confidence in your organization and the services you provide. It doesn’t matter if… a technician is installing a smart meter; a lineman is … Read more >
Interview with Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, Emerging Tech Team at Austin Energy How can a utility company steward meaningful change in its service territory, while also providing a beachhead for the whole world to replicate and scale the value captured … Read more >
Our third post of this series will outline key characteristics to consider for edge-based data processing—addressing security and service level considerations, and addressing data management volume and extensibility of services. Security Direct contact between information systems and layers 0 and … Read more >
In the first posting of this series, we looked at the challenges facing smart grid operators and the shift in data gravity from the center to the edge of their service areas. We highlighted the importance of edge-based data management … Read more >
Utilities are facing an increasingly complex power delivery environment, with the need to incorporate renewables generation, electric vehicles, and complex demand response programs into their service area operations. In response, many are expanding their smart grid strategies to take advantage … Read more >
As the energy landscape changes, utilities and vendors are making significant moves to capitalize on new market trends. On May 5 of last year, GDF Suez became Engie and sold its entire US fossil fuel generation fleet. Engie is now … Read more >
The cost of mobile worker safety incidents is one that every utility wants to avoid. With the introduction of technology into the space, we’re starting to see progress in utilizing information and real-time data to reduce dangerous situations and keep … Read more >
We all know about the incredible success of the Apollo Program. To put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade in a low-tech society is challenging. Yet NASA did it. … Read more >
The latest high-tech tool for the world’s largest renewable energy company is not a wind turbine, it’s the new Intel technology-based mobile tablets. Hundreds of wind technicians throughout the company’s U.S. fleet are taking their workflows from paper to the … Read more >
The recent Energy Thought Summit (ETS16) in Austin was an outstanding event; drawing some 675 attendees this year and fostering conversation around energy, smart grid and the technologies needed to spark innovation. In particular, two sessions struck me as particularly … Read more >
Seemingly simple inventions, have changed the world in unexpected ways… The wheel has been used to increase advantage from generation to generation. Its addition to wagons (then planes, trains and automobiles) made it possible to move more possessions across further … Read more >
The 2016 Energy Thought Summit, or ETS16, will deliver a great platform for the energy industry to transform the chaos currently going on in the marketplace. Global luminaries and brands from across the energy, IoT, telecom, computer, and software industries, … Read more >
The recently-concluded Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project was “…a grand experiment, delivering useful results that will help shape future smart grid activity in our nation,” according to Dr. Ron Melton of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, the project’s director. But … Read more >
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