Postings tagged with: energy

Denis Imamovic | Oct 22, 2015

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One line, many possibilities

In our fifth blogpost, we want to talk about one of the main advantages of GILs: their small trench width in comparison to other power transmission lines. In the current discussions about grid expansion plans, public opposition can be very strong especially in city areas or areas, where environment is protected (e. g. national parks). A main argument mentioned is the visual impact of overhead lines (OHL) and the related space requirements needed for installation. In this context, underground t ...

Chris King| Oct 19, 2015

Rethinking Utility Tariffs for Distributed Energy Resources

As distributed energy resources (DER) continue to proliferate, and at an accelerating pace, we are seeing regulators and utilities adopting new concepts in designing rates – for example in Hawaii and in Europe. A key element of this is a new focus on the rates associated with the distribution of electricity, the wires portion of the business. These rates recover the cost of building and maintaining the wires – plus all the associated equipment, such as substations, devices connected to stabiliz ...

Usman Sindhu| Oct 14, 2015

Recap of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015– Utilities Perspective

We expect bold statements and ideas from Gartner Research. One feels rejuvenated with new ideas after attending electric keynotes at the Gartner Symposium. This year was impressive indeed. Analysts and guest speakers talked about how to become an agile IT enterprise embracing digital business. Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president, global head of research at Gartner, shared how companies will generate digital revenue from digital business. Companies like Williams-Sonoma changed their business ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 21, 2015

Raiford Smith, Vice President of Corporate Development and Planning at CPS Energy

Siemens Industry Analyst Conference | How to Change a System that is More than 100 Years Old

For many places in the world where you can turn on the lights with the flick of a switch, the centralized power system that makes that possible has been in place for 100 years or more. It is a system whose users haven’t needed to give its technology much thought. It is a system, though, that is poised to undergo a tremendous shift – one that will introduce opportunities as well as challenges, and most definitely raise a lot of questions. How to get ahead of the change? What role a utility, a tec ...

Chris King| Aug 11, 2015

California Utilities Propose Next Generation Net Energy Metering Rates

Last week, utilities and interested parties filed rate proposals in the proceeding to determine the next generation of tariffs for customers with on-site generation, such as rooftop solar. Such customers in the U.S. have typically used a Net Energy Metering tariff (NEM), first adopted in 1980 in Idaho. Under NEM, customers’ meters keep track of only the net energy consumed in a month; i.e., the total consumed minus the total produced by the customer’s rooftop solar system. So a customer’s bill c ...

Chris King| Aug 05, 2015

Utilities of the Future: British Gas Refocusing on Customers

Much has been said about the "utility of the future." British Gas is joining other European majors such as E.ON and RWE and not just talking the talk but walking the walk.In its earnings announcement last week, Centrica (British Gas's parent) said it was cutting back investment in its oil and gas division and focusing on being a customer-facing business. This was the headline finding from its corporate strategic review.Like E.ON and RWE, British Gas is turning toward what it calls its ...

Denis Imamovic | Aug 05, 2015

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When cables won't do

GIL’s Electromagnetic Advantage

As three previous posts in this series have shown, gas insulated lines (GILs) offer many advantages to pyloned power lines or buried cables. Here’s another advantage: they are more electromagnetically compatible. GILs are a great solution for specific challenges. In populated areas, for lines carrying more than 380 kV and 2,000 A, the line-in-a-can option allows high-tension lines to pass close to people and to occupy relatively little space. Fire risk is zero, and GILs can be put into multi-fu ...

Chris King| Jul 24, 2015

Empowered Consumers Like their Utility

J.D. Power’s new customer satisfaction survey found consumers want to control their energy use and, actually, communicate with their utility. They also like having choices.Overall customer satisfaction rose for the third year in a row, with communications and price satisfaction the drivers. Today's customers not only want more communication, but they want it to empower them. Control: consumers want more control over their energy consumption and production. Almost 30% of customers are considerin ...

Chris King| Jul 17, 2015


A New Paradigm in EV Charging - More Convenient, Less Expensive

I had the pleasure this week at LinkedIn’s global headquarters of helping to introduce a radical new concept in electric vehicle charging.FreeWire Technologies, Inc. is piloting its invention, the Mobi Charger™, to provide EV charging to LinkedIn’s employees. Mobi Charger turns traditional charging on its head by bringing the charger to the car – instead of the driver bringing the car to the charger. Siemens is a partner in the project, providing the data collection, management, and energy billi ...

Chris King| Jun 24, 2015

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New York Approves Major New Demand Response Programs for This Summer

Last week, in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, and based on the success of a similar program at Consolidated Edison of New York, the New York Public Service Commission approved new demand response programs for the other four regulated New York’s utilities: Central Hudson Electric & Gas, New York State Electric and Gas, Niagara Mohawk Power, and Rochester Gas and Electric. The programs are in line with the state’s REV vision, a process for transitioning the electric system t ...