Postings tagged with: grid


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 ...

Usman Sindhu| Jan 28, 2016

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Leadership in the Meter Data Management Market

The results of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management Products 2015 are in. Siemens EnergyIP platform along with its MDM application continues being the leader and outperform competition. The results show the product strength, stellar execution, and customers’ trust in Siemens EnergyIP platform.  Siemens strengths outlined by Gartner 1)    Siemens solution for meter data management with advanced applications provide high value to the customers with strong product capabilities and vis ...

Shalin Shah| Jan 22, 2016

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The Fast Track to a Digital Grid

The movement to a Digital Grid is a significant and growing trend in the utility industry, which expects to generate an 18%+ growth rate between now and 2019 and create an overall market size of $118 billion. The applications for advanced analytics for the Digital Grid have the potential for adding significant business value in a number of ways – revenue enhancement, operational efficiency, and reduced costs. Digitizing the grid while maintaining normal ongoing operations is a major challenge. ...

Usman Sindhu| Jan 13, 2016

The “Digital” Grid Year 2016

Gartner Inc. data shows the utility industry has been a leader in deploying Internet of Things technology (e.g. smart meters, field devices, SCADA, communication, automation, and protective relays). But, essentially, they are Intranet of Things. These devices talk via the intranet rather than Internet. These devices have proprietary protocols and communication mechanisms. So the first wave of digitalization will occur on this Intranet of Things. At the same time consumers are the biggest catalys ...

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 ...

Harald Mayer| Nov 04, 2015

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What's happening at the substation? Condition monitoring boosts savings and reliability

Most utilities employ a time-based approach to maintaining and replacing electrical substation assets. However, sometimes these schedules are overtaken by events. Substation equipment commonly endures a surprising amount of wear and tear from network conditions (such as overloading) and harsh environmental conditions -- both cumulative and sudden. It's not always possible to predict when substation equipment might fail. But when it does, this can lead to unplanned outages, damage to other equip ...

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 ...

Usman Sindhu| Aug 31, 2015

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Will Data Science Discipline Help Utilities Analytics Practices?

The answer to the above question is yes. At least all participants of Siemens Twitter Chat on July 22, 2015 did concur that data science is an important discipline for utilities to gain deeper insights into the data.  You can follow the conversation at #utilichat on Twitter. It was apparent from the Twitter Chat (#utilichat) that we have more questions about solving many challenges for utilities. Utilities do collect a lot of data and volume has increased in the past few years. Zpryme survey co ...

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 ...


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