Postings tagged with: smart grid

Usman Sindhu| Mar 12, 2015

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Observations from the Utility Analytics Summit 2015

The recent Utility Analytics Summit (March 3-5, Phoenix) offered insight into some innovative ways to used data analytics to solve crucial business problems. This event brought together a mix of North American utility professionals and solution providers. Here are my key takeaways: Utilities need a concerted long-term vision on analytics. Adopting a metrics-based approach to analytics is crucial. Utilities need innovative analytics solutions. Of course, "analytics" is an amorphous ...

Harald Mayer| Mar 06, 2015


Data-driven asset management: taking the next step

The operating condition of switchgear and other assets strongly influences the efficiency, performance and risk exposure of power distribution networks.  A session at a recent conference in Hong Kong, Essential Infrastructure from Vision to Engineering Reality, explored emerging opportunities in how grid operators can leverage condition data to enhance asset management. According to Norbert Kaiser, CTO of Siemens Asset Services, robust asset management begins with making asset data available ov ...

Chris King| Jan 08, 2015

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Renewables: How the smart grid can help utilities handle solar power

Renewable energy is crucial for meeting worldwide environmental and sustainability goals -- but are power grids up to this challenge? The Japan Times reports that a recent Japanese government study found that seven of that nation's major electric power companies (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa) lack sufficient transmission network capacity to accommodate all of the solar power that suppliers plan to generate, under Japan's new feed-in tariff system. Combined, th ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Dec 16, 2014

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Utility disruption, adaptation: Smart grid year in review

2014 will be known as the year the utility industry gained momentum to adapt its business model -- spurred in large part by disruption from distributed generation, data-intensive technologies and customer empowerment. Distributed generation (DG) is growing fast, altering the landscape of energy supply. It has finally reached a level sufficient to impact the traditional utility business model. Currently, the worldwide installed DG capacity is 87,300 MW -- which is expected to more than double in ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 14, 2014


Nov. 20 webinar: Integrating utility data with analytics yields key business insights

Utilities are gathering vast amounts of data from a variety of sources -- smart meters, sensors on the grid or at customer locations, intelligent appliances and more. Recent advances in data analytics can help utilities reveal key business insights by integrating smart grid data with data from other core systems. On Nov. 20, 14:00 UTC, learn more about how utilities can gain maximum value from all of their data in this free Siemens webinar: Next Generation Smart Grid Analytics, Powered by Integr ...

Usman Sindhu| Nov 14, 2014

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Views from European Utility Week 2014: Let customers push utilities to innovate, embrace change

This year's keynote sessions at European Utilities Week differed starkly from last year's EUW. The major theme that emerged this year was embracing change, with customers as a focal point. In the Nov. 4 opening series of EUW14 talks, Matthew Taylor (CEO, Royal Society of Arts) discussed how the utility industry can infuse creativity at every stage of embracing change. Other keynotes that morning -- by Ian Merchant (President, Energy Institute), Tony Fadell (Founder and CEO, NEST), Dr. Michael We ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 07, 2014

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European Utility Week 2014: Amsterdam, Nov. 4-6

Europe is one of the world's most complex and dynamic energy markets. Each European nation faces unique energy issues and market conditions. This year's European Utility Week conference and trade show highlighted a variety of innovative approaches to smart grids, energy regulation, renewable and distributed resources, demand response, reliability and more. As a diamond sponsor of EUW14, Siemens experts and Siemens customers delivered over a dozen keynote speeches and technology presentations. Th ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 07, 2014


European Utility Week 2014 wrapup: Video interviews

On Nov.4-6, the European Utility Week conference drew top energy experts and practitioners from around the world. Siemens has posted a photo gallery and several video interviews. (Please visit that page and scroll down to see all multimedia content.) Highlights from these video interviews: Dr. Michael Weinhold, CTO, Siemens Energy Management: "Technology is a key driver of change in the electricity system, and it's also a key enabler of change. It's leading to a lot of interesting infrastru ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 06, 2014

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Building a business case for the smart grid: Dr. Holger Müller interview

People depend on power, which means reliability is a core value that utilities deliver -- and thus a foundation of any utility business model. Smart grid technology is crucial to enhancing and maintaining the reliability of electricity supply, especially for utilities that have not updated all of their aging grid assets. In a new Engerati interview, Holger Müller (Head of Steady State System Studies, Siemens Smart Grid Solutions & Services) explained how automation can significantly reduce ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 04, 2014

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Smart meter data detective work in Denmark

Utilities can learn a great deal from smart meter data. Analytics software is a powerful tool to turn data into value. In Denmark, even before deploying analytics for their installation of the Siemens EnergyIP smart grid platform, the utility NRGi has moved beyond their initial goal of enabling meter-to-cash benefits. In the last year, NRGi has also started using smart meter data to diagnose and resolve outages and other grid stress. "We chose flexible smart meters because we wanted optio ...