Postings tagged with: energy

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 ...

Siemens Brasil| Feb 02, 2016


Precisamos de uma infraestrutura que traga energia para as cidades

O consumo de energia no mundo deverá crescer em torno de 60% até 2030, e a maior parte desse crescimento estará nas cidades. Segundo a Organização das Nações Unidas, a população urbana deverá chegar a 6,3 bilhões de habitantes até 2050. Como garantir energia para essas pessoas? O chefe de Tecnologia da Divisão Energy Management, Prof. Dr. Michael Weinhold, falou sobre o tema em entrevista para o projeto especial “O Brasil que o Brasil quer” realizado pelo Estadão, em parceria com a Siemens. O e ...

Jack Roushey| Jan 21, 2016

Power Generation - Blog

How do you make the most out of your energy system?

There was a time when the concern surrounding powering an energy system simply involved the cost of the fuel and the cost efficiency in burning that fuel. However, in a world where global warming and other environmental issues are gaining a higher and higher level of importance, there are more factors than ever being taken into consideration.  Consider a U.S. company that specifically develops energy technologies that are environmentally sustainable in order to provide their customers with the a ...

Chris King| Jan 05, 2016

NY REV - What is a DSP anyway?

Siemens recently hosted a webinar on the New York “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, welcoming participants across the U.S. and around the globe. NY REV is developing policy and identifying technology for the electric distribution utility of the future. European utilities are looking at similar issues.The goal is to “animate” the market for distributed energy resources (DERs), including demand response, distributed generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, microgrids, and electric ve ...

Denis Imamovic | Oct 22, 2015

Startbild Blog No

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 ...