Postings tagged with: smart 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| Jul 17, 2015

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A New Paradigm in EV Charging - More Convenient, Less Expensive

I had the pleasure this week at LinkedIn’s global headquarters of helping to introduce a radical new concept in electric vehicle charging.FreeWire Technologies, Inc. is piloting its invention, the Mobi Charger™, to provide EV charging to LinkedIn’s employees. Mobi Charger turns traditional charging on its head by bringing the charger to the car – instead of the driver bringing the car to the charger. Siemens is a partner in the project, providing the data collection, management, and energy billi ...

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 ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| May 20, 2015

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Rebuild, Renew: How the “Internet of Things” is Changing the Way Siemens Sees the World

Helmuth Ludwig, EVP, Siemens Digital Enterprise Realization; and Mike Carlson, President, Siemens Smart Grid (Originally posted May 12th on the Executive Pulse Blog)Siemens USA is proud to celebrate Infrastructure Week, emphasizing the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems. From transportation systems to the energy grid, to the U.S. industrial base and intelligent buildings, in order to rebuild and renew these essential infrastructure networks, the ...

Chris King| Apr 27, 2015

Solar+Battery

Tesla, cheaper batteries for solar systems, and managing the demise of traditional utility business models

A few weeks ago, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to issue a new product announcement tease: “Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday at 8 pm, April 30.” Word on the street is that the new product will be Tesla’s entry into home energy storage, leveraging Tesla’s battery Gigafactory announced last year. This joint venture between Tesla and Panasonic, expected to be completed in Nevada in 2020, would become the world’s larg ...

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 ...

Dimitri Huys| Apr 16, 2015

SCADA-Cameroon

Une gestion et exploitation efficaces du réseau

Eneo Cameroon, le gestionnaire du réseau électrique du Cameroun, en Afrique centrale, s’est tourné vers Siemens pour préparer son réseau à une hausse de la consommation et le prémunir des défauts et des pannes. Parce que les centraleshydroélectriques jouent un rôle crucial dans la production d’électricité au Cameroun, Siemens a proposé un Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/ Energy Management System (SCADA/EMS). Ce système offre à tout moment une vue d’ensemble claire de la quantité d’éner ...


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