Postings tagged with: grid


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 ...

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| 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 ...

Usman Sindhu| May 27, 2015

Exploring Merits of the Transactive Energy Model

I recently attended a workshop hosted by GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) on transactive energy. The participants discussed developments of Transactive Energy in North America. There was discussion on how Transactive Energy concept is evolving and who can benefit from it. According to GWAC: “The term “transactive energy” is used here to refer to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market ...

Living Energy| May 04, 2015

Dr Michael Weinhold - CTO of the Siemens Energy Management Division

Weinhold’s Power Lines: Brains and Brawn - The Electronics Revolution and the Energy System

What is power? In human interactions, the term often refers to physical strength, but we also speak of “the power of information” as a way of shaping and directing the course of events. Power is the ability to influence the world in both material and immaterial ways – through intelligence and muscles, through brains and brawn. The same is true for the way in which electronics has reshaped the energy system. It was the invention of the transistor and its first commercial usage in the 1950s that ...

Alicia Carrasco| Apr 22, 2015

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Transforming Energy Regulations and Markets: Ofgem Seeks Input

As the electric power industry evolves, new business models present many opportunities and risks. Seeking options to constructively and proactively transform the energy market (while also lowering electric bills, benefiting the environment, and protecting the interest of current and future consumers) U.K. energy regulator Ofgem has opened a consultation to investigate nontraditional business models. Submit comments to Ofgem here: http://bit.ly/1Ga0I24. Input is invited from from utilities, i ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Apr 13, 2015

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How Digitization Drives Smart Grid Innovation

At this year’s Hannover Messe Siemens is showcasing the opportunities of Industry 4.0 and digitization for the energy business. The first blog post in the Hannover Messe series explained how necessary gains along the wind energy value chain can only be achieved with intelligent, digital solutions – ranging from software for blade optimization via control systems for wind power plants to machine learning solutions for wind turbine self optimization. Next, I would like to introduce a further promi ...

Lisa Caswell| Dec 03, 2014

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New study finds cost and interoperability biggest challenges in IT/OT convergence

Traditionally, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have occupied separate silos within a utility. Operational systems like energy distribution management and real-time grid operations at the transmission and substation level were handled in one department and IT systems supporting metering, customer business process, analytics, etc. in another. But, utilities are realizing that to reap the full benefits of advanced metering and smart grid systems, IT and OT must work toge ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 22, 2014

Siemens project manager Dr Klaus Faltin and TenneT overall project manager Dr Benjamin Hühnerbein on their way to the BorWin2

Feeding offshore wind power into the grid - People Portrait: Dr. Klaus Faltin

Klaus Faltin is a qualified energy systems engineer with comprehensive project management experience from projects in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Austria. In 2012, Faltin and his team at the time received a Siemens Award for the "Best Project Execution 2011" for the Enecogen project. Today Faltin is general project manager for the BorWin2 offshore converter platform, which was installed on April 23, 2014, and whose commissioning runs until October 2014. He heads Sie ...


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