top nav

Archive | 2011

Smart Meters and Smart Grid Misconceptions

It seems there’s a new story every week on consumer concerns about AMI programs, like this recent AP story.  And with every negative story about AMI, the general public’s perception of the smart grid as a whole—which continue to be closely linked to AMI—gets worse.  There’s a simple solution to this problem.  Just get rid […]

Continue Reading

Renewable Energy and the Energy Efficiency Puzzle

The Brattle Group’s recent study on Energy Efficiency and Demand Response in 2020 (featured in Smart Grid News) shares an interesting prediction: U.S. electricity consumption will drop 5-15% by 2020 relative to forecast trends, while peak demand will drop 7.5-15% compared to forecasts. The push to reduce energy costs and consumption will no doubt be […]

Continue Reading

Six Solutions to the Billion-Dollar Copper Theft Problem

In my previous post I talked about how copper theft impacts projects in the electric industry.  It’s easy to talk about the problems, but how can this type of theft be prevented?  Here are the pros and cons of six different solutions that can reduce the risk of copper theft: Control Access. Thieves look for easy […]

Continue Reading

Copper Theft: A Billion Dollar Problem

It’s 4 a.m. on a Monday morning and you are driving to your job site to continue construction on a new substation.  You arrive as the sun is rising only to find that the fence to your material storage area is cut and your copper wire is gone.  Sound familiar?  It should, as this is […]

Continue Reading

Why EPC is a Project Owner’s Dream

Engineering, Procure, and Construct (EPC) is a delivery method that is gaining momentum in both the public and private sectors of the power industry because of its potential cost savings.  Sometimes referred to as design-build, the concept behind the EPC delivery method is for the owner to have a single source of responsibility for the […]

Continue Reading