Shalin Shah| Feb 10, 2016


What Role Do Electric Utilities Play in the Microgrid Space Going Forward?

Electric utilities provide lots of value to their customers, yet they cannot always prevent power outages. Enter the microgrid. A microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. A microgrid not only provides backup for the grid in case of emergencies, but can also be used to cut costs. A microgrid allows communities to be more energy independent and, in some cases, more environmentally-friendly. According ...

Mike Carlson| Feb 10, 2016

DistribuTECH 2015: The Power of Planning for Agility in Energy

To Siemens, being focused on the future means staying ahead of the challenge and ahead of the change.  Staying ahead certainly means looking to the future and to plan for it. But in the power space, one thing is clear—traditional planning practices and static models will no longer work for the dynamics of today’s grid. The rise of distributed energy resources, intermittent generation, and fluctuation in power and energy markets has changed how utilities manage their power, and ultimately, their ...

Mike Carlson| Feb 09, 2016

DistribuTECH 2016: Strengthening the Siemens and Utilidata technology partnership through technology integration

At last year’s DistribuTECH show, we announced a partnership with Utilidata to enhance automation and distribution opportunities for power utilities.  Over the last 12 months, we’ve worked on strengthening this partnership and are excited to announce we will now integrate our Siemens Distribution Feeder Automation (SDFA) technology and its proprietary Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) system with Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt™ technology that provides Volt/VAR Optimization. By ...

Usman Sindhu| Feb 08, 2016

Utilities top three challenges and priorities at DistribuTECH 2016

Utility professionals have gathered at DistribuTECH to hear about cutting edge solutions to address their challenges and network with their peers. While solution providers are assembling their key solution and services; we should keep in mind utilities concerns and priorities. Siemens clients tell us that  1.     The top three technologies impacting the distribution grid are solar, battery/storage, and wind. 2.     Top priorities for large IOUs are customer enablement, creating efficiency, and ...

Mike Carlson| Feb 04, 2016

DistribuTECH 2016: How Can Utilities Stay Ahead of the Change? Agility in Energy.

There is no lack of change in today’s energy landscape and no surprise that this puts the US energy industry at a crossroads - one of challenge but also possibility. Utilities are at the heart of this transformation. Forces at the consumer level with the shift to “prosumer” behavior, the increasing amount of data being created inside and outside a utility’s walls, the pressures created by a turbulent regulatory and policy environment, an influx of distributed and alternative power generation, an ...