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Microgrids Will Drive Smart Cities and IoT Adoption

As took I the stage at the Smart Cities Week 2016 conference in Washington, D.C., this week, it was clear that the topic of microgrids was of huge interest to Smart Cities attendees. I shared the stage with Heather Rosentrater, … Read more >

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Podcast: Mike Bates Discusses Distributed Energy Resources and Changing Business Models for Utilities

In the above podcast, Mike Bates, Director of Energy at Intel, discusses how energy and utilities’ business models are changing and how distributed energy resources will be tied into the energy markets. Mike also shares some insights into the exciting trends … Read more >

Solar Data Interoperability Equals Orange Button

Interoperability is the key to the pervasive uses of smart infrastructure by everyone. In order to accelerate the use of solar technology and reduce costs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided earlier this year to fund the creation of … Read more >


Utility of the Future – The Beginning of Transformation

This is the second in a series of articles written by this author for Intel. Following articles will focus on expanding on the concepts introduced in this article. The last article set the stage for the kinds of changes that are … Read more >


Mobile PCs Can Put the Brakes on Distracted Driving

  Since the 1960s, automotive deaths and injuries have steadily declined, per mile driven, due to the many steps taken to incrementally improve safety for the motoring public. First there were seatbelts, followed later by crumple zones, airbags, and door … Read more >

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Smart grid and buildings standard emerges. Integration and automation possibilities to accelerate globally.

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 >

Utility of the future

Utility of the Future – An Intel Blog Series by Dr. Mani Vadari

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 >


Using Mobility to Build Confidence in Your Service

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 >

Capturing Value from Emerging Tech Is Aiding a Culture Change in Utilities

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 >

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Smart Grid on the Edge – The Data Challenge

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 >