Postings tagged with: energy

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 ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Jun 05, 2015

Wind Turbines made for the American market

Part of the Siemens Story

Author: Stephen Bent, Safety Training Specialist with Siemens Wind Power My proudest moment as a Siemens employee was becoming a training specialist and being able to have an impact on the lives of our technicians and their safety in the field. The best part about my job is getting to see new faces every day, getting to see old faces that I've worked with previously out in the field and getting to see them in a different capacity here at our Wind Service Training Center in Orlando. Joining Sie ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Jun 01, 2015

The key feature, which improves performance, is the extended blade length

The Right Turbine for the Americas Markets

Author: Juan Gutierrez, Head of Onshore Product Lifecycle Management To ensure that our new SWT-2.3-120 wind turbine meets the specific needs of our customers in the Americas region, we listened to our customers. We also listened to our employees, and we gathered their input to take our proven G2 platform to the next level. The days of a one-size-fits-all approach are gone. The SWT-2.3-120 is a turbine that is designed to meet the needs of America, one of our key markets. Our goal is simple: T ...

Harald Mayer| Jun 01, 2015


Customer Support Center for Power and Energy: Support when you need it.

Managing a global powerhouse with business taking place in over 190 regions is no small task. Taking care of its customers’ enquiries for the energy industry on a global scale is not a walk in the park either. Michael Freitag, Head of Customer Support Center for Power and Energy at Siemens explains how his team tackles this challenge in a new video interview. Michael mentions that there are a variety of requests that the Customer Support Center is processing. “We are in charge of all customer in ...