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3 Important Considerations When Picking a Smart Grid Communication System

Think about the last time you bought a cell phone. You probably started thinking about the functions and features you wanted to get from the phone. How were you planning on using the phone? How was its battery life? What operating system did it run, and what apps did it support? What was the sound [...]

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Three Ways Utilities are Using Energy Storage for T&D Deferral

Each year electric utilities spend billions of dollars upgrading and replacing transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment. Some of this investment is unavoidable, but often these expensive projects can be delayed for years by adding energy storage resources to the system, yielding significant savings. Utilities continue to find profitable ways to deploy energy storage systems across [...]

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Storage Target Sighted

Unlike in the US, the UK is only now starting to reach a tipping point when it comes to energy storage. I was recently at the Electricity Storage Network’s Open Symposium and was amazed by the unified consensus from everyone present – from government officials to PhD students – that energy storage must play a [...]

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How a Smarter Grid Can Help Utilities Respond to an Existential Threat

Doomsday is approaching for electric utilities, according to many prognosticators. Though the term “doomsday” may be a touch strong, there is no doubt that new electricity generation technologies will pose real challenges to the established business models of power utilities in the coming years. The biggest threat, as has been well chronicled in both industry [...]

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Four Takeaways from Big Data in Smart Grids Panel

Last week I was privileged to chair a panel on Big Data in Smart Grids at the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy at IIT’s Chicago Campus. It was the last panel on the last day of the event so I was nervous about how many people would [...]

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Preparing for Weather-Related Outages When You Can’t Predict the Weather

This week, Forbes reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System is nearing the end of its lifespan—and when the system is decommissioned, NOAA will lose access to critical weather data for at least a year and a half. The gaps could begin as early as 2014 and [...]

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