Postings tagged with: smart grid

Michelle Candelaria| Apr 23, 2014

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Siemens Smart Grid Software Leadership Conference: May 5-7, Orlando

From analytics to demand response and more, software is what makes the smart grid truly smart. On May 5-7, utility leaders and IT professionals will gather in Orlando, Florida to discuss trends in smart grid software, share best practices, and learn about next-generation technology to help utilities maximize benefits from smart grid initiatives. Learn more and REGISTER NOW. See the agenda and breakout session topics. Interviews with key speakers: Get a glimpse of what's in store for this con ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Apr 08, 2014


Siemens, Accenture join forces in new smart grid joint venture, Omnetric Group

Today Siemens and Accenture unveiled the completion of their new smart grid joint venture, Omnetric Group. This company will combine Siemens' leading energy product portfolio with Accenture's recognized smart grid systems integration, consulting and managed services. Initially announced at European Utility Week 2013, Omnetric Group is now ready to provide utilities around the world with advanced smart grid solutions and services. The focus will be primarily on data management and systems integra ...

Ken Geisler| Apr 07, 2014

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Distributed generation is driving significant changes in grid design

Distributed generation offers rich opportunities to address power grid challenges. But to really make these projects succeed, utilities should consider not just where generation resources are located, but also the bigger picture of the infrastructure supporting them. Ultimately, a more robust and resilient energy distribution grid might eventually look like a patchwork of energy districts interconnected through the local utility infrastructure. This could significantly enhance grid efficiency an ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 06, 2014

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Smart grid cybersecurity: Resources, evolving threats and leaders

Cybersecurity threats are a growing and ever-shifting challenge for utilities, consumers, and smart grid solution providers. Fortunately, new tools and resources are emerging to combat these threats, and leaders are emerging among solution providers. In February, the U.S. Dept. of Energy updated its Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2), originally introduced in 2012 as part of a White House-led initiative. This model helps electric utilities and grid operators ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 12, 2014

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Smarter grids for more renewable energy in Europe: Siemens workshop at E-world 2014

The growth in renewable generation is one of the greatest challenges to power distribution networks -- and it takes a smart grid to handle this well. While European energy policymakers wrestle with harmonizing the continent's complex regulatory patchwork, the technology to put more renewable energy onto Europe's power networks marches forward. In a recent Electric Light & Power article, top Siemens executives noted: "Substation automation is integral to building a more intelligent grid ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 11, 2014

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What happened at DistribuTECH 2014: Siemens recap

This year's DistribuTECH, a leading utility industry event focused on power distribution, covered many hot topics in the global utility industry -- automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, smart metering, grid operations and reliability, power delivery equipment, commercial and industrial energy management technology and water utility technology. An overarching theme that emerged from this conference was the importance and ubiquity of dat ...

Usman Sindhu| Feb 05, 2014

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Six reasons why utility professionals should care about data analytics (DistribuTECH 2014)

As I prepared to attend DistribuTECH 2014, I shared my list of priorities for utilities. The DistribuTECH keynote addresses, and almost every track session, touched on big data and analytics in some way. Utility professionals are gradually taking a leap from implementing smart meters to reaping benefits from broader smart grid technologies. The question is: Will big data and analytics be the key that allows utilities to bridge the chasm between technology and people/process improvement ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 05, 2014


Why, how power distribution planning must change (DistribuTECH 2014 video)

There's a new way of doing power distribution planning -- one that accounts for advanced strategies such as distributed and "non-controllable" generation, demand response, energy storage and more. Last week at DistribuTECH, Hugo Bashualo (Senior Manager at Siemens Power Technologies International) presented a paper that covered why and how distribution planning needs to change, and the steps necessary to yield that change. (See video below.) A key part of achieving these goals is to ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 04, 2014


Keeping an eye on the smart grid (DistribuTECH 2014 video)

Keeping a smart grid balanced means responding in real time to fast changing conditions -- so sensors are a crucial part of smart grid technology. Siemens has partnered with the local municipal utility in Wachtendonk, Germany, where up to 80% of peak demand is supplied by photovoltaic power. Since solar power is notoriously variable, monitoring the grid in real time is essential. Pilot projects such as this can be invaluable in preparing for large-scale smart grid deployments. In this pilot, Sie ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 03, 2014


Enhancing rural smart grid communication with WiMAX (DistribuTECH 2014 video)

When smart grid assets are distributed across a large area, communication for grid operations becomes challenging. Wake Electric, a rural co-op in North Carolina, USA, opted to address this challenge by adopting wi-max communications for its smart grid -- with help from Ruggedcom, a Siemens Business. "This was our opportunity to use WiMAX to deploy smart grid applications," said Don Bowman, Manager of Engineering at Wake Electric. "We combined three feeders with high-speed switch ...